Two years ago, Phra Khanong was the Bangkok equivalent to a backwater, all tenements, shophouses, and auto repair shops run out of garages, far removed from the cultural buzz saw of the city centre. But gradually, the neighbourhood has transformed and without losing its local feel, thanks in large part to a thriving art scene. In the middle of this movement is GOJA, the Thai-Japanese gallery that launched in 2014 with its premiere exhibition, Paintbox vol. 1. Now, two years later, the folks at GOJA celebrate the gallery’s second anniversary by building on its beginnings.
Paintbox vol. 4 goes back to where GOJA started, following two years of concerts, live installations, and some eccentric mixed media concepts that have included glow-in-the-dark spray paint and 3-D goggles. The latest edition of Paintbox brings together artists from across the globe—Alex Face, Black Belt Jones DC, Daisuke Sakaguchi, P7, Alexandre Osmoze Brakha, Nev3r, Wok22, Chainarong Kongklin, and Witness, collectively representing Thailand, the UK, Japan, and France. Their styles are by and large modern, their techniques a blend of graffiti, illustration, painting, and mixed media.
The exhibition continues a trend borne by GOJA since its early days. Bright, daring art and a community that welcomes all with open arms have long been the gallery’s calling card. Swing by for a Japanese beer or a cup of a coffee, and stick around for the colour show.
Paintbox vol. 4 opens at GOJA (W District, Sukhumvit 71) with a party on February 5. For more information, facebook.com/gojaphrakhanong.