‘Art Exhibitions’ Category

Makha Sanewong Na Ayuthaya: Unidentified Familiar Object

August 4th, 2014

Makha Sanewong Na Ayuthaya: Unidentified Familiar Object

22 August – 21 September 2014
Opening Reception: Friday 22 August 2014, 6pm

 
 
 
Makha Sanewong na Ayuthaya is fascinated by everyday objects, their functionality and our dynamic perceptions of them. Simple objects to him are elaborate representational systems—what William Empson called “compacted doctrines”—that embody our beliefs about such things as creativity, form and function. Yet his work is not about form, or in any straightforward sense about the beauty of the quotidian: not for him the gorgeous shining contours of Duchamp’s urinal, the silkscreen prints of soup cans.
 
Instead, he focuses on the mundane and humble: rigidly rectangular school chairs and desks that perhaps embody an unattainable ideal of uniform education, tin weighing scales used in wholesale/retail shops. These objects allow him to reflect on the processes that shape our perceptions and by which representation mediates them to generate our sense of what the object is, where it fits into our hierarchy of things, and so on. 
 
An old-fashioned angle-poise lamp, such as might have lit the desk where you did your homework, still burns but lies unplugged on the floor, coiled in something like defeat, shining its light on nothing; a pair of equally weighted scales rise and fall according to no discernible principle; a rank-and-file of chairs teeters at an alarming angle, seemingly propped up only by a pencil…
 
On one level, Makha follows the time-honoured tradition of taking an object and defamiliarizing it to generate a kind of error message in the mind, to potentially comic effect. With at least half an eye on the political tribulations in Thailand, his installations depict the logical fallacies of positions whose underpinning has largely been stripped away: if you can’t sit on a chair, what good is it? Why did it ever need to be the shape it is?  
 
His work thus points to the upheavals that arise when new realities clash with our perceptions and pre-perceptions—in other words, with our fervent hope that the world will still be tomorrow what we believe it to be today.
 
But by the same token it has a thwarted nostalgic quality. Many of these objects, which have been familiar to most Thais since childhood—scuffed, dented, worn with use—have been superseded by sharper, more cost-effective devices and are turning up in scrapyards. To find them alarmingly manipulated, reintegrated, recontextualized and reconfigured is to experience them in some ways afresh, but in others to see them through a melancholy, scratched, sepia-tinted screen. And in that sense his work harks back to an even older artistic tradition concerned with memory and its pains, and with the insistent reminder that “this too shall pass”.
 
Makha is part of a new wave of Bangkok artists. He graduated with a BFA in sculpture from the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Art at Silpakorn University in 2008.  His works have been shown in several galleries and museums in- and outside Bangkok, including the eminently respectable 56th National Exhibition of Art at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre in 2010, a group show, and a solo exhibition entitled "Non Still Life" at Pongnoi Community Art Space in Chiang Mai in 2011.  
 
 
Artist Statement
 
We rarely give a thought to mass-produced everyday objects, especially when they have been in use for a long time, and many would consider them worthless compared to a treasured asset or artefact in a collection. But in their very functionality, they point much more directly to the relationship between owner and object. Then there is their symbolic or iconic dimension, which may be quite independent of this individual relationship: for example, a pair of scales inevitably carries notions of accuracy and justice, of probity in commerce, of exact measurable value. Each object has a powerful fixed identity and an emotional and ideological charge.
 
Our understanding of the meaning and function of any object is formed early; we mostly learn in childhood what an object does, how to feel about it, and what to expect of it. But experiences peculiar to a person or group can also freight it with new meaning, as when lightbulbs and ladders combine to produce seemingly unreasonable fears, when our heart skips a beat at the sight of a bicycle, or when airport police go on high alert over an unaccompanied suitcase.
 
My experiences and memories give me a sense of how groups or individuals behave. Some of these are rational, but many are not. In this exhibition, I am trying to show how my own experience has sometimes painfully transformed and transfigured everyday objects. 
 
Choosing these objects and giving their functionality a slight nudge so their meaning becomes precarious raises the question whether the object is still the same we once knew so well. If you’re standing in front of an object you’ve known all of your life but it doesn’t behave according to the function or meaning you normally attribute to it—what does that do to your own place in your environment?

 

Visitor information
WTF Café & Gallery 
7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Wattana, Klongton-Nua, Bangkok 10110
BTS: Thonglor Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 4-10pm 
Free Admission

For further information please contact:
Somrak Sila 
Tel: (66) 2 662 6246, (66) 89 926 5474

 

Ungrateful Records

June 9th, 2014

Ungrateful Records by Pongsuang Kunprasop
14 June – 30 July 2014
Opening reception: 14 June 2014, 5pm 

•••••••••ARTIST STATEMENT•••••••••

 
My first exhibition is a retrospective look of my life stories to understand what constructed my identity, my entire being. I have discovered three main factors that influence my behaviors and mentality. They are music, friends and family.
 
This exhibition is a recollection of random memories being interpreted into record sleeves of imaginary bands. The paintings display what kind of musical genres my stories would be, if they were to be told by notes, chords and lyrics. From family, childhood, friends, lovers to influencing bands, these are stories I try to remember as well as forget. 
 
It started four years ago. After I lost my mother, I began to bury my guilt. I felt that I didn’t care for her enough, and it was too late. There was no return. I escaped by trying to run away, trying to forget. But I ended up causing rifts in friendships, relationships and professional undertakings. My life was hectic, and I carried on with a tangled subconscious. 
 
"Ungrateful Records" is my attempt to re-familiarize with myself by answering questions that I have been avoiding. It’s a confession, an admission of guilt, of my ignorance towards overwhelming love from those around me. It’s a cleansing process through acknowledging my problems in order to finally move on, hopefully, with a clean and clear mind.
 
 
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•••••••••CURATOR STATEMENT•••••••••
WTF gallery pleased to announce a contemporary art exhibition titled “Ungrateful Records” by Pongsuang Note
 
A semi-public figure at the cutting edge of the fashion and nightlife scene in Bangkok, Pongsuang Kunprasop has spent 12 years creating visuals, delivering concepts and ideas for advertising and helping to market glamorous products and lifestyles. His acerbic commentary on social affairs, ebullient personality and ability to communicate both verbally and visually have enabled him to flit sprite-like between classes and cliques in Thai society. 
 
In a life steeped in popular culture, Pongsuang has become a touchstone for other creative professionals, would-be trendsetters and corporate trend-chasers. But fame and – to a lesser degree – fortune have not brought fulfillment, peace of mind or true happiness. Instead, he has become emotionally guarded, resulting in frequent depression and problems in his relationships with friends, colleagues and lovers.
 
In 2010, Pongsuang’s mother died of Lupus. Two years later, he came across a picture of his unknown father on the social media. The discovery of his errant father and the sudden loss of the only family member he was close to triggered a desire to re-examine the life he had lived so far.
The exhibition Ungrateful Records can be seen as an attempt to test a view of art that has become rather unfashionable – as a way of healing, of mending the cracks in life and integrating what appear to be disparate fragments; in short of seeing life steadily, as Matthew Arnold had it, and seeing it whole.
 
Or as Alain De Bottom and John Amstrong put it in their book "Art as Therapy", which tries to give this venerable view a new lease of life for our time, art is not only a tool to preserve life experiences that really matter, but also to fully inhabit and metabolize the negative — and by doing so with dignity and by reminding us “of the legitimate place of sorrow in a good life”. 
 
Ungrateful Records is an art installation consisting of 100 paintings of record covers, arranged as in an old-fashioned (or perennially hip) vinyl shop. Since music plays such a vital part in his personal and professional life, what better way to tell his life story through what appear to be the covers of records, lovingly cherished or scratched and broken, over- or underrated. Memories of childhood, of family, friends and lovers, of rare moments of happiness and events he would rather forget, and of the art and music that have influenced him, all come together to form a seemingly cacophonous but ultimately symphonic portrait of the artist.
 
As one of CNNgo.com’s “20 Thais to Watch”, Pongsuang Kunprasop has been credited as. After graduating from Silpakorn University of Fine Arts with a degree in Graphic Design, Pongsuang joined Praew Sudsupda magazine as a full time columnist and illustrator (2000-2001) and subsequently he joined several other major Thai magazines including Lips and MTV Trax while working on his own Thai-UK magazine, Supersweet (2004-2007). Together with his friends, he founded a graphic company, Slowmotion in 2005. Pongsuang’s pedigree in the fine arts has led to various illustrious curatorial position such as Elmgreen & Dragset at the National Railway Station (2007), and more recently at ‘Nocturne’ (2010) – a photographic exhibition celebrating music and youth subculture in Bangkok. Pongsuang also runs the eight year running Dudesweet, an indie-electro clubnight, which has a large and growing army of followers in the creative industries.
 
Visitor information
WTF Café & Gallery 
7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Wattana, Klongton-Nua, Bangkok 10110
www.wtfbangkok.com
BTS: Thonglor Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 4-10pm 
Free Admission
 
For further information please contact:
Somrak Sila 
Tel: (66) 2 662 6246, (66) 89 926 5474
Email: somrak@wtfbangkok.com

 

Conflicted Visions

March 21st, 2014
2 April – 23 May 2014
EXTENDED!
Opening Reception: 2 April 2014, 6pm 

WTF gallery is pleased to announce a contemporary political art exhibition titled ‘Conflicted Visions’ by 7 Thai artists:

Prakit Kobkijwattana 
Sutee Kunavichayanont 
Manit Sriwanichpoom
Pisitakun Kuntalang
Jakapan Vilasineekul 
Miti Ruangkritya
Anonymous
 
Since 2010, political unrest in Thailand has given rise to unprecedented public expression, with almost every demographic in the country voicing often long-repressed concerns and grievances. It has exposed deep divisions in society that manifest themselves in different political ideologies, driven by a powerful urge among Thai citizens to press their position for political advantage, communicate their dissatisfactions, and connect with – or as might be, lose themselves in — something larger than themselves.

 

Conflicting, often self-contradictory definitions of morality, social norms, patriotism and established power have been propagated by those who would harness these concerns, desires and grievances to their own political ends, resulting in a cacophony of competing claims that has polarized the body politic from top to bottom, from grassroots to intellectuals to the highest levels of the social hierarchy. 

 

Inevitably, in a situation which inhibits open conversation or attempts to safeguard monolithic structures, artists and intellectuals from all over Thailand have sought a number of strategies to express their views — be it to criticize official policy, produce propaganda for one side or another, question the doctrines of culture and nation, or dissect mass thinking. Others are less interested in the surface issues in the political arena, but rather in examining their own inner response of confusion, anger, pride or doubt.

 

“Conflicted Visions” consists of works made between 2010 and 2014 by seven Thai artists, new and established, who have worked in different media inspired by the seemingly never-ending political crisis. 

 

Thailand’s most established photographer, Manit Sriwanichpoom, in a series entitled “Obscene Mantra” reworks some of his pre-existing images into a propaganda campaign that criticizes the current government’s attempts to hide policy and performance failures by repeating the mantra of its own propaganda.

 

Despite coming from different ends of the political spectrum, Sutee Kunavichayanont and Prakit Kobkijwattana employ similar mockery of country and mentality, commenting on superficiality, hypocrisy and disorder in Thai society – Sutee with work produced in 2012 as part of an exhibition titled "Crazily Good!", Prakit with his first installation work entitled "Living in a pretentious world, life’s gotta be pop" from 2014.

 

Jakapan Vilasineekul’s installation "Hanging in the Air/Balancing On The Rope" is a metaphoric articulation of the constant shuffle of influential figures jockeying for benefits, which is at the heart of the complex and corrupt Thai political game. 

 

Both Pisitakun Kuntalang and Miti Ruangkritya’s works are based on political speculation and the external and internal frustrations artists are subject to. Pisitkul returns to drawing as a way of documenting unfolding events on the streets, but also as a form of ”therapy’ to help him comprehend the current public and private turmoil. Miti’s series of photographs "Thai Political No 2" (2010) and "Thai Political No 3" (2011) observe of the public’s intense focus on and obsession with key players in the current political crisis — Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck Shinawatra and Abhisit Vejjajiva.

 

Lastly, the curator has included an anonymous artist whose works were originally created solely for display in online social media — one of the 21st century’s most effective propaganda tools, which has been fully embraced by the Thai public. The work uses the graphic format from 70s Thai textbook which was the first mandatory reader for all primary schoolchildren. By subverting the book’s benign sunlit world populated by children, their family and its dog, the scenes of aggression and conflict powerfully convey the parallel strains of innocence and deceit, pious cant and hate speech that exemplify the current dysfunctional state of Thai society.

 

The exhibition is not solely intended to articulate artists’ political views or social critique, but is also an attempt to test to what extent an extremely polarized Thai society and artistic community can be brought into a small dialogue in a small space on a small lane along the roaring highway of conflict.
 

Brand New 2013 Art Project

February 5th, 2014

Opening reception: Saturday 1 February 2014 at 18:00 hrs.

Exhibition Talk from 15:00 – 17:00 hrs.

At Bangkok University Gallery

Exhibition Schedule:
BrandNew 2013 Exhibition 
@BUG
1 February – 15 March 2014
Rattawalee Chanchawvalit
Nuttapon Sawasdee
Surat Setseang


BrandNew 2013 Exhibition @NUMTHONG Gallery At Aree
Opening reception: Saturday 8 February 2014 at 18:00 hrs. 
6 – 28 February 201
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Wut Chalanant 


BrandNew 2013 Exhibition @WTF Gallery
Opening reception: Friday 7 February 2014 at 18:00 hrs. 
February - 23 March 2014
Yingyod Yenarkarn 
Sarisa Dhammalangka 

The Brand New Art Project was initiated in 2004 and has been continued since then. Now entering its 9th year, the Brand New 2013 will be started for the research of the artists from November 2013 then, the exhibition will be from February - March 2014 at  Bangkok University Gallery {BUG}, Numthong Gallery At Aree  and  WTF Gallery, with an aim to support new artists in freely developing their creative works to be selected by the project’s committee and curator. Apart from searching for new artists, the Bangkok University Gallery also focuses on choosing a suitable curator for the project each year. Previously the gallery invited both Thai and foreign curators to carry out the artist selection process, and this year’s curator is Ms. Isabel Ching Hwee ChangSingaporean emerging curator with an outstanding profile from her experience and specialization in Asian contemporary art, especially in Singapore, Philippines and Burma, as well as her participation in many important projects at the international level. With interesting choice of curators, selections for the Brand New project have long maintained their uniqueness and distinguished quality, resulting in good response from the audience and the general public.

 
  1. Nuttapon Sawasdee Graduated from Faculty of Fine and Applied Art, Department of Visual Arts, Bangkok University
  2. Rattawalee Chanchawvalit Graduated from Faculty of Fine and Applied Art, Department of Visual Arts, Bangkok University
  3. Wut Chalanant Graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Media Art and Design (Photography), Chiang Mai University
  4. Sarisa Dhammalangka Studying MA Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai Univeristy
  5. Surat Setseang Studying Faculty of Architecture, Department of Fine Arts Program in Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
  6. Yingyod Yenarkarn Graduated from Faculty of Fine and Applied Art, Department of Visual Arts, Bangkok University
 

Due to the project’s consistent support of new emerging artists and art critics, many of its participants are now enjoying success with numerous acclaimed works, for example:

Yuree Kensaku  is a contemporary female artist who receives much attention after her participation in many group and solo exhibitions. She was also invited to join the Artist in Residency program at the Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan. Her solo exhibitions include “The Adventure of Momotaro Girl” and recently “Karma Police” at 100 Tonson Gallery.

Arin Rungjang  is one of the most outstanding Thai artists today. This year, he was invited to present his work, “Golden Teardrop”, at the Thai pavilion in the 55th Venice Biennale, and before that was his presentation at the Singapore Biennale 2011. He also had many group and solo exhibitions, including “This is not a Fairy Tale” and "Wonderland" group exhibitions at g23 Gallery, Srinakharinwirot University, and “Russamee-Rungjang” solo exhibition at Ver Gallery.

Porntaweesak Rimsakul  has participated in a large number of exhibitions in Thailand and abroad, including the “Politics of Fun” exhibition in Germany, Austria, and Japan; the Busan Biennale, Korea; the Kuandu Biennale, Taiwan; and the “Fluid Zones” exhibition at the Jakarta Biennale, Indonesia.

Krit Ngamsom  is one of Thailand’s leading artists. His works were featured in “mini matters” group exhibition at Gallery N, followed by his latest solo exhibition “Already Mades”, which is being on show at Number 1 Gallery. He will also contribute his works to the Singapore Biennale 2013: If the World Changed.

Sudsiri Pui-Ock  is an artist whose works have been featured in various exhibitions in Thailand and abroad, including “The Street of Two Birds” exhibition in Israel and the “Life-Living” solo exhibition at ARDEL Gallery, Bangkok. Recently her works have been included in the collection of important contemporary art in 2009-2011, compiled by the Singapore Art Museum for its publication, "Tomorrow, Today: Contemporary Art from the Singapore Art Museum".

Chol Janepraphaphan  is an emerging art critic, who after his involvement in the Brand New Project 2010, has been working in various roles, including regular columnist for Photo Art Magazine and curator for many exhibitions at Numthong Gallery, such as “Raw”, “Classroom”, “Picsique”, and “Between the Line”.

Mute Mute Group  is a group of creatively driven artists and cultural enthusiasts in Chiang Mai. Their works focus on brainstorming activities to push the boundary of culture in the forms of interactive art, photography, animation, advertisement, multimedia, graphic design, and information management to create a network of creative people.

Now the Brand New Art Project is entering its 9th consecutive year, from the collaboration with various contemporary art galleries in Bangkok, as well as lecturers and graduates from many institutions around Thailand, for example, Bangkok University, Silpakorn University, Chulalongkorn University, Khonkaen University, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Burapha University, Srinakharinwirot University, Chiang Mai University, and Mahasarakham University.

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ZZ – Zet Zero

January 21st, 2014
Exhibition by Pisitakun Kuantaleang 
22 January – 2 February 2014 at WTF Gallery
Opening Reception: Wednesday 22 Janaury 2014, 6pm at WTF Cafe & Gallery 

WTF gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by Pisitakun Kuantalaeng. All the works were created during the period the Thai government attempted to pass the Amnesty Bill — an effort which shocked the artist. The incident eventually led to major changes in Thai society which are playing out on Bangkok streets right now. The series are the artist’s reaction to the current political and social turmoil and his documentation on his social media pages. By returning to basic drawing techniques (that he once favored during his development as an artist) — the working process became a self-reflection of feelings built up on the page in an effort to understand the Thai political ‘Set Zero‘ situation.
 
 
Pisitakun Kuantalaeng was born in 1986 and raised in Thailand. He studied fine art at B.F.A. Sculpture, Department Of Fine Arts, King-Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand. He lives and works in Bangkok. Pisitakun’s work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in 2013 at Gallery Jireh, South Korea. In 2012 his work was shown at Nuova (Arte) Povera at Osage, Kwan Tong, Hong Kong.  He was offered a position as an artist-in-residence in the JENESYS program in 2011 at Beppuproject in Japan and also worked as an artist-in-residence in Busan, South Korea in 2010. From 2010 to 2011 he contributed to a project titled Museum Serve through the BACC (Bangkok Art and Culture Center), creating portable art spaces featuring motorcycle taxis. In 2012, Pisitakun created a project titled Debate Room at the Politics of Me exhibition at BACC (Bangkok Art and Culture Center). 
 
Pisitakun had a solo exhibition in 2013 titled WRATH OF THE TITANS at Speedy Grandma, Bangkok. In 2012, he initiated a project titled WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT MONEY, which featured mobile art spaces throughout Bangkok. In the same year he created a new project called UNFINISHED HISTORY which has run as a solo exhibition in both Tokyo and Beppu, Japan. 

 

SINA WITTAYAWIROJ: Art (&) Auntie art exhibition

November 26th, 2013

Opening Reception: 
Saturday 30 November 2013
6pm until 8pm 

30 November 2013 – 20 January 2014

 

This exhibition aims to raise questions regarding the power structures that assign value to art. In the contemporary world, it is no longer possible to articulate or explain art within the classic canons of knowledge since the definition art is no longer fixed. Sina considers art as a dynamic flow comprising all of our surroundings — art college drawing classes, museums, t-shirts, graffiti, galleries, a food stall next to my art college or even the sidewalk. It is the art from all these different venues which provide the aesthetics that drives and changes our society in every era. Each location and those behind it contribute to the assessment of the ‘value’ of the art in any period. For instance, art in the classic or modern periods was created for aesthetic pleasure for appreciation by those in high society whereas more contemporary art movements are not solely concerned with visually priorities, instead seeking to create a dialogue that interacts with the viewers as if meeting a long lost friend.

 

Embracing creative process without boundaries, this exhibition focuses on experimenting and searching for connections between two different spaces: the art community within an institution and those outside its walls. The objective of this show is to answer the question: "Has the community living right next to the first art college in Thailand, that has created and nurtured thousands of artists and creators, gained anything?” The exhibition does not aim to create conflicts within the institution, but intends to depict the diverse perspectives of the different groups of people and communities that are sharing the same fence. The exhibition will question the status of ‘art’ and ask whether art can be ‘understood’ or if it is self-deception. The artist hopes to discover a platform for aesthetic discussions that need not only be considered as a high value concept or only take place behind privileged doors. This is an invitation to all artists to be aware that art is no longer just about the creator, it should be seen as a functional device to help affect the real world.

 

A part of this exhibition is an art prize that does not aim to judge which art or type of art has the best aesthetics, but rather, to formulate a learning process for viewer and participants (artists) to understand the vastly variable standards in giving meaning to a concept or object to the point where we cannot remember the start of the discussion. 

 

Everyone, the viewer and the creator, should realize the other (and others) exists in our society. Acknowledge the other can help open up the new door for searching for the true and infinite meaning of art. Unless you have different opinion?

 

Sina Wittayawiroj is a graduate student from Silpakorn University, majoring in New Media Art. His works have been exhibited at Lasalle College of Arts Singapore, Speedy Grandma Gallery, Pridi Banomyong Library, Thammasart University and TCDC. 

 

 

 

Oaza Oasis: Pop-Up Design Exhibition

November 8th, 2013

By OAZA, Croatian Designers Collective
15-25 November 2013

Opening Reception: Friday 15 November 2013, 6pm at WTF Cafe & Gallery

WTF gallery is pleased to announce a pop-up product design exhibition by OAZA, a Croatian designers collective who work in the field of industrial, interior, exhibition design as well as visual communications.

 

 

The exhibition will feature ”Lightwear,“ lighting objects that are part of Hungry Designers, a project developed by Design Tourism to promote the Croatian tourism industry. The Hungry Designers project depicts cultural identity through gastronomy and tourism. The designs are based on artists’ analytical and critical perspective, using national identity to influence the design of products and scenarios.

In 2013 ”Lightwear.“ lighting objects were transferred from the realm of handmade objects to the industrial realm by using the laser cutting machines. Laser cutting technology brings a modern influence to traditional handmade work and enables a model for preservation of certain motives from the traditional craft.

The OAZA collective is a group of designers (Nina Ba?un, Roberta Bratovi?, Ivana Borovnjak, Maja Kolar, Tina Ivezi? and Ana-Marija Poljanec), currently based in Zagreb.

The designers are professional members of the Croatian Designers Association and the Croatian community of independent artists, as well as award-winning authors with numerous presentations at international exhibitions. Their works have been exhibited at Paris Design Week / Paris Maison de Objet; Mixer Festival 2012. Belgrade; Sofia Design Week 2012; Skopje Design Week 2012; Milan Furniture Fair in 2012 (Ventura Lambrate); DMY International Design Festival of Berlin in 2012; Stockholm Furniture Fair 2012; In a Nutshell – Contemporary Croatian Design Exhibition at Design Vlaanderen Gallery in Brussels in 2012; Helsinki Design Week 2012; within Annual Croatian Design Review 11/12 (Museum of Arts and Crafts); Zgraf 11 – International exhibition of graphic design and visual communications; D-Day – the international design festival 2012/2013; Hungry Designers / Design Tourism platform, Vienna Blickfang festival.

Visitor Information

WTF Café & Gallery 
7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Wattana, Klongton-Nua, Bangkok 10110
www.wtfbangkok.com
BTS: Thonglor Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 4-10pm 
Free Admission

 

Nitimonster: A Tale of Phantoms

September 22nd, 2013

Opening Reception:
Friday 4 October 2013
6-8pm

4-31 October 2013

WTF Gallery is pleased to announce a conceptual art exhibition “A Tale of Phantoms" by Nitimonster. The exhibition is the continuation of the “The Story of Invisible Men” (2012) exhibition previously exhibited by 16 artists in various venues around Chiangmai. “A Tale of Phantoms" comprises video, installation, public art, performance, and participatory art, discussion about forgetfulness, ignorance, and the consequence of injustice law.

 
The systems and power structures of our society are the tools to label certain ideologies or movements against authority. However, state or social authority cannot fully terminate the voice of rebellion which is like a phantom who haunts the consciousness of society from generation to generation. Using a forgotten history as a catalyst, the viewer will see how power and authority can manipulate logic and thought processes, confuse ideologies — of what is right and what is wrong until you embrace “accepted” ideas or you resist until you are excluded like a phantom – an enemy of this world.
 
The exhibition examines the process of shaping social structures and how human beings place themselves within it voluntarily or rebel against it.
 
Nitimonster is a network of citizens from Chiang Mai. We engage art as one of possible approach to discuss politically with the society and a belief that the essence of art has its own political power.



 

 

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.

 

Jorge Carlos Smith: Blur

June 10th, 2013
14 JUNE – 18 JULY 2013
Opening Reception: Friday 14th June 2013, 6-8pm
 
 
WTF Gallery is pleased to announce an installation of multi-media art exhibition by Jorge Carlos Smith. The exhibition is comprised of paintings, neon signs, photographs and installations – all made in 2013. Smith’s works depicts his personal interpretation and perception in a dialogue between the artist and his fantasy, vague memory which are obliviously overlapping the reality.
 
 
 
 
 
"The unclear. The blurred. The misinterpreted. Clashing culture. The wrong. Lost in Translation, and lost in Time. Meanings, the intentional or accidental, reality and fantasy is explored through a series of work in multiple media representing different interpretations, perceptions, and significance of everyday phenomena. It explores also the clarity of the thoughts and ideas, perhaps once held firm, even for a brief second, actual, derived or fantasized, and poses questions on what was and is still real, through the passage of time and the fading of memory."
 
The exhibition insert artist’s hint of awkward, obscure, playful and whimsical approach within the clashing culture that he perceived. It creates relationship with the audiences that bridges the absence of reality and imagination, allowing the viewer to interpret the show however they would like to.
 
Jorge Carlos Smith, is a hotelier by trade. Also an avid collector of vinyl, cook, occasional dj, designer and closet artist.  Born in Mozambique with ancestral links in Macau, raised in Portugal and England, conjures up a mix of painting, drawing, neon woks, recorded sound and scent boxes  - and offers a playful mix of objects that offer an interplay with the viewer in a most personal collection of ideas, thoughts and memories. 
 
Visitor Information
WTF Café & Gallery 
7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Wattana, Klongton-Nua, Bangkok 10110
www.wtfbangkok.com
BTS: Thonglor Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 4-10pm 
Free Admission