July, 2013

Live Music by Plastic Section

July 30th, 2013

Album launch
August 9, 9pm-late
Free Entrance – first in first serve

Plastic Section are a Bangkok-based raw roots rock ‘n’ roll band who are steadily gaining a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts in town.

Initially a solo project by Australian singer-songwriter Ben Edwards (also a member of Basement Tape), Plastic Section now includes renowned local musicians Put Wednesday Suksriwan on drums and Wannarit Pongprayoon on bass.

Plastic Section’s music is like an experimental, idiosyncratic update of the kind of crazy rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly and rhythm & blues created by musical mavericks like Bo Diddley, The Cramps, The 5678s and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

The band has just released their first official album with Panda Records.

This show at WTF will be Plastic Section’s official album launch party for their self-titled album, released by Panda Records in late July. Plastic Section — Ben Edwards, Pok Pongpyaroon and Put Wednesday Suksriwan — will perform the entire 15-track album live in a non-stop, high-energy rock ‘n’ rhythm revue. 

CDs will also be available at the show. Opening support act will be experimental solo guitar magician Wednesday.




Eiji Sumi: Under Construction

July 25th, 2013
1 August – 15 September 2013 at WTF Gallery
Opening Reception: Thursday 1 August 2013, 6-8pm 
Under Construction is a mixed-media exhibition comprised of paintings, multimedia projections and installations influenced by the artist’s obsession with construction sites.  By imitating visual patterns in his paintings and juxtaposing them with found objects from construction sites, Sumi transports viewers into a scene hovering between progressive expansion and dystopian decay.  In Under Construction, Sumi experiments with liberating his paintings from the confines of their frames through their placement and interactions with his lighting installations and mixed-media artworks.  Collaborating with Sumi in Under Construction by designing sound art specifically for the exhibition is New York based Swedish sound designer Niklas Möller.
Sumi was born in Tokyo in 1970.  After graduating from Rikkyo University, also known as St Paul’s University, with a degree in Industrial Relations, Sumi moved to New York in 1994 where he studied painting at The Art Students League of New York.  Sumi worked as artist assistant for Stefano Castronovo, the Italian master painter known for painting Andy Warhol’s iconic leather jackets with portraits of Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat.  He we also invited to guest lecture at Parsons The New School for Design.
During his time in New York, Sumi gained attention with his projects ranging from mixed-media and light installations to painting and drawing.  Sumi has been commissioned by clients including Duncan Quinn, Nike, Asahi and The Maritime Hotel amongst others.  He has held numerous exhibitions, and has been curated by Eric Shiner, the current director of the Andy Warhol Museum, and Helen Wu, the producer and co-curator of the Paper Rain Parade recently seen in Art Basel Hong Kong.  
Sumi moved to Bangkok in 2012, and is a lecturer in Chulalongkorn University’s International Communication Design Program (CommDe), part of the university’s Faculty of Architecture.  Sumi has held exhibitions in New York, Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Toronto and Bangkok.