Inspiration: Contemporary Art in Bangkok

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Ralph Kiggell 1997 Pool Diver water-based woodblock print 35 cm x 60 cm
Now that life in Bangkok is slowly returning to normal it’s a good time to start sharing non-strife related events and finds. It’s also time to start planning a trip, perhaps in June, so I can visit galleries and eat great food.
Bangkok has a burgeoning contemporary art scene with local and international artists, a mix I haven’t seen in smaller exhibitions in Taipei. That plus Thailand’s long history of wonderful decorative and craft related art help make a trip to the Kingdom an inspiration.
Here is a short list of upcoming exhibitions for June:

On the Edge

Artists: 8 Artists (Jonathan Gent, Chat Jenchitr, Ralph Kiggell, Thavorn Ko-Udomvit, Yeni Mao, Justin Mills, Be Takerng Pattanopas, Audrey Tulimiero Welch) Curated by Brian Curtin
Date: June 8, 2010 – July 8, 2010
Gallery: DOB Hualamphong Gallery
ARDEL Gallery’s DOB space is delighted to announce an international exhibition of visual art. Including artists from Britain, New York and Thailand, On the Edge explores a fundamental aspect of picture-making: line. This exploration is intended to emphasize art-making in terms of method, rather than insisting on strictly contextual considerations.

Son of Espresso
Son of Expresso

Metropolitan Tales

Artist: Kiatanan Iamchan
Date: June 17, 2010 – July 31, 2010
Gallery: ARDEL Gallery of Modern Art

“Metropolitan Tales” is an exhibition of acrylic paintings presenting the artist’s implication of innocent characteristic of human beings through the distinctive language of art creation. The exhibition tells the stories of people growing up in the fast-track of capitalist society. That behind those stories hidden with the awareness of the instability of emotions which constantly be observed from all the lost hopes, the fulfilled dreams or the traditional lifestyle that is gradually fading. The results have a chain effect on their fragile life and mind which has turned out to be many tales that are repeatedly retold in our joyful Metropolitan over and over again.

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Inner Dialouge – Utai Nopsiri

“Liberation” – solo exhibition of Utai Nopsiri

Artist: Utai Nopsiri
Date: May 6, 2010 – August 1, 2010
Gallery: 100 Tonson Gallery

In this exhibition “Liberation”, Utai Nopsiri continues his conceptual framework and artistic working process. Instead of using technology or any electricity-related tools, the artist created each sculptural element by hand and his craftsmanship. Viewers can appreciate every detail, having been done in precision and focus.

Kaz Orii

Abstracted Nature

Artist: Kaz Orii
Date: May 21, 2010 – June 12, 2010 (opening postponed to 25th)
Gallery: Akko Art Gallery

However, in terms of both colour and shape, Kaz Orii’s paintings rstand are somehow warm and thereby easier to become intimate with. Perhaps this is because Orii’s artwork is based upon his interactions with nature through farm work that he does co-currently with his art. Orii’s experience of nature while handling the earth has led to a wonder that comes from life growing out of a seed and the variance dependant upon temperatures and humidity and Japan’s four seasons. This careful observation of nature including his awe, sense of being moved, and joy, has unexpectedly nurtured the style with which he faces the canvas.

Oud Oud


Artist: Chainarong Kongklin
Date: May 21, 2010 – June 20, 2010
Gallery: Whitespace Gallery

Pig is an animal that people have seen it. Every single part of its body can be ingredients. Pig is more than to be food consumption but its specific physical can mean a fertile. When I was young I had a chance to be as close with this versatile animal as intimate. This fine art I tended to use pig as a symbol in order to make the audiences feel the different sides of pig that worth than just for consumption.