Olá – A Rugs exhibition by GUR

 28 November 2019 – 12 January 2020
Opening reception: Thursday 28 November 2019, 19.00h 
 
 
The Embassy of Portugal in Thailand, the Portuguese Cultural Center – Instituto Camões in Bangkok in partnership with WTF Gallery are delighted to invite you to A Rugs Exhibition “Olá“ by GUR at WTF Gallery. The opening reception will be held on Thursday 28 November 2019, 7pm at WTF Gallery.

"Olá" is hello in Portuguese. 
“Olá” is also the title for an exhibition where Célia Esteves from GUR, and Somrak Sila from WTF Bangkok Gallery, conjoined ideas to show all the Portuguese collaborations made in the pass and new GURs with Thailand’s artists challenging themselves into the rough but still delicate rag rugs technique from the Portuguese handcrafts.
The exhibition aims to promote an expressive relationship between the hand drawing and the hand loom, the free approach to the paper against the limitations process and material of the handloom. The original art converted to the limitations of the handloom are translated into simple designs, like dots or pixels, enhancing multiple possibilities from the free hand drawings.
Still full of possibilities “Olá” is the presentation of those results and how the translation of complex designs can be converted by this medium.
Within the rugs the exhibition will also present original art work from the 4 Thai/Thailand based artists including Lee Anantawat, Marc Stuart, Parvit Tae Pichienrangsan and Saran Yen Panya as well as 20 Portuguese design rugs.

 
About Célia Esteves & GUR
Célia is form Viana do Castelo, a small town in the north of Portugal that is very rich in traditional handcraft. Célia always remember having hand woven rugs in her house and in their friends and family’s homes too. They are very typical in Portugal and they have always been more or less the same; beautiful in their own way but very simple, using randomly chosen recycled materials form textile factories.
After some years working at an artist’s print studio in Porto, Célia was invited to an exhibition in her hometown, where the intention was to make a bridge between artisans of traditional handcrafts and young designers. It was here that she worked on a design for the handloom with the weaver Cláudia Vilas  Boas and they made the first GUR. Célia was so happy with the result and found it so exciting that she wanted to share the experience. She asked some of her illustrator friends to design on too, and GUR started.
The essence of GUR is making these typical Portuguese rugs more fun. We use the same technique with carefully select materials. The rugs are very authentic to what they have always been but now they involve a design factor working with artists and illustrators, translating their ideas into rugs.

Visitor information
WTF Café & Gallery 
7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Wattana, Klongton-Nua, Bangkok 10110
https://www.facebook.com/WTFGalleryandCafe/www.rugbygur.com
BTS: Thonglor Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 4-10pm 
Free Admission

For further information please contact:
Somrak Sila, Christopher Wise
Tel: +66 (0)2 662 6246, +66 (0)89 926 5474, +66 (0)89 926 5159

 

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