‘WTF!’ Category

Jedsada Tangtrakulwong: Traverse

November 25th, 2015
28 November – 30 December 2014
Opening reception: Saturday 28 November 2015, 1900h
Artist Talk: Saturday 28 November 2015, 2200h
The exhibition will be part of the closing party of Galleries’ Night organised by Embassy of France Thailand
The site-specific installations in this exhibition are inspired by the artist’s experience of walking through a 2.5 km road tunnel. At first he was fearful of the darkness and silence and the sense that the tunnel stretched on into infinity. But after 20 minutes he found himself slowing his pace and a strange calm overcame him, filling him with a certainty that there would be light at the other end. Logic had nothing to do with it: any road tunnel has two ends. It was the strength of his feelings that surprised him. 
In the gallery, Jedsada has built two covered passageways from different materials. Some are reused, recycled materials from other artworks, if only to reduce waste and the sheer amount of stuff that litters the art world.
The complex passageways use every inch of the small exhibition spaces to prolong the viewer’s engagement with the work, promoting mindfulness and positive thinking.
Bangkok based artist, Jedsada graduated with a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, USA (1999). And an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK (2006). 
His work is often site-specific and he undertakes extensive research before articulating the format and concept, with inspirations drawn from multiple sources. One work builds on another as he tries to formulate his ideas more fully, and he frequently reuses materials to achieve greater sustainability. His materials are often humble, including wood, fibre, wire, tin, string, paper and a plethora of found objects.
Long-term preoccupations include the integration of works into architectural structures, with a view to encouraging viewers to explore and interact intimately with the surroundings and allowing them to explore their unexpected beauty.
His works has been exhibited extensively both in Thailand and abroad since 2007. His solo shows include Clutch – Gallery Seescape Chiang Mai (2015), Swing – Tadu Contemporary Art Bangkok (2014), Shatter – H Gallery Chiang Mai (2014), Downfall – Bangkok University, Bangkok (2013), Stand and Fall – KunstDoc Project Space, Seoul Korea (2009). 
He also participated in group exhibitions in museums and galleries all over the world including Distance Between The Journeys: Surface Arts, Sluice Art, South Bank, London (2015), Beyond Walled Enclosure: The 9th Taehwa River Eco Art Festival Ulsan, Korea (2015), Secret Archipelago – Palais de Tokyo Paris (2015), Art Stage Singapore  (2015), Hotel Art Fair – H Gallery, Bangkok (2014),  Nava 13 – Espacio de Creacion Contemporanea, Cadiz Span (2013).
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, Tanya Yodsrimueng
Tel: (66) 2 662 6246, 
Email: somrak@wtfbangkok.com, tanya@wtfbangkok.com


Top Changtrakul: Dreaming Out Loud

October 21st, 2015
15 October – 7 November 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday 15 October 2015, 7pm
Dreaming Out Loud will be the 7th solo exhibition in a 20-year long career as an artist, creative director, teacher and art instigator. Top is drawn to the reasons why people make art and the why and where of inspiration for his own his artistic expression. 
Intrigued by his vivid nocturnal dreams and images, he decided to experiment with various ways of generating and capturing  the extreme, colourful and bizarre visions of his sleeping world. He decided that this sleeping life is his life awake and a genuine truth of himself; a truth, calling and justifying from within to make another art exhibition. 
“ I usually don’t have long dreams, most dreams that I had are very short and jumpy much like when you are fast forwarding or rewinding the VDO tape, but once in a long while I had these long dreams where I am fully aware of my surroundings and being able to remember everything from the start to the finish and that is why I think it might be worth while to share it with my friends”  and now to a larger audience…

The exhibition comprises 3 different dreams interpreted and articulated into the three different installations. All of them experienced in 2014 when he awoke in awe of the vivid dream-state and decided to recorded them immediately.
Top Changtrakul is Bangkok a based artist and creative director of Farmgroup. He graduated with a MA in Fine Arts in New Genres/Performances from San Francisco Art Institutute, California. He had been in group and solo shows in New York, Korea, Bangkok, Finland as well as the Venice Biennale. His work is known for creating puns, expressing wit and hilarity as well as sarcasm. 
“Changtrakul’s pieces clearly function as Duchampian puns, resonating the wit and subversive humour of an artist well-versed in histories of the readymade, Conceptualism and Fluxus”  (Extract from review of Top’s New Inventions II Exhibition in New York in 2001 by Sirin Thada)
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
Email: somrak@wtfbangkok.com


Weatherproof // PhotoBangkok

August 23rd, 2015
[in collaboration with BACC]
4 – 30 September 2015
Opening 4 September,  7:00 pm.
‘Weatherproof’ is a collection of contemporary photography by 6 Thai artists—Angkrit Ajchariyasophon, Dansoung Sungvornveshapan, Miti Ruangkritya, Rasiguet Sookkarn, Soopakorn Srisakul and Withit Chanthamarit. The exhibition presents the truth of the uncountable catastrophic damage caused from the natural phenomena; Tsunami (2004), Severe Flooding (2011) and Earthquake (2014).
The natural phenomena are unavoidable and unpredictable. However, their aftermaths show the repetitive failures in management which are extremely deficient and inefficient. It is undeniable that the images shown to public repeatedly express loss and cruelty. Nevertheless, all 6 artists turned to present the other side of those tragedies. Their photos reflect the aesthetical dimensions that you will never ever see in any normal situation like they want to cover the everlasting phrase…Aow Yuu…Aow Yuu (under control)
Ark Fongsmut
Angkrit Ajchariyasophon
Dansoung Sungvornveshapan
Miti Ruangkritya
Rasiguet Sookkarn
Soopakorn Srisakul
Withit Chanthamarit
WTF Café & Gallery 
7 Sukhumvit Soi 51 Wattana Klongton-Nua
Bangkok 10110
BTS: Thonglor Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 4-10am 
Free Admission
Jorge Carlos Smith
Tel: (66) 2 662 6246, (66) 81 893 5698
Email: electrojazzjorge@gmail.com


BrandNew Art Project: Rodwiroon Wannakaew

July 29th, 2015
August 4 – August 30
OPENING August 4 – 6:00pm


Bangkok University Gallery is delighted to invite you to BRANDNEW Art Project 2015 which has been organized for tenth consecutive year. Since the initiation, the project has been supported by both governmental and private sectors and many contemporary art galleries with the cooperation of art teachers and students from many universities which are Bangkok University, Silpakorn University, Chulalongkorn University, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, 
Burapha University, Srinakharinwirot University, Chiang Mai University, Khon Kaen University and Mahasarakham University. 
The project aims to sustain young artists to develop their own creativity. Each year we invite international acclaimed Thai or foreign curator to select artists for the project with hope that those selected artists will gain experience and learn to develop their works which will promote them into international contemporary art network. This year (2015) we invite Mr.Nguyen Nhu Huy; independent curator, visual artist, art critic and poet from Socialist Republic of Vietnam, who has experience in running art project that point up the relation of Past and Present and also running alternative art activities in diverse spaces. This year, the selection process is intense same as usual.
For the exhibition at WTF, we’ll exhibit the work by Rodwiroon Wannakaew – installation of movable objects, electronics appliances, Thai local kitchen utensils and audio installation to depict Thai way of living and beliefs. 
WTF Café & Gallery 7 
Sukhumvit Soi 51, Wattana, Klongton-Nua, 
Bangkok 10110
BTS: Thonglor Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 4pm-10am 
Free Admission
Somrak Sila 
Tel: (66) 2 662 6246, (66) 89 926 5474
Email: somrak@wtfbangkok.com


Wonderful Thai Friendship II

May 22nd, 2015

29 May – 24 July 2015
Opening Reception on Friday 29 May 2015, 1800h

Over the past 5 years, WTF Cafe & Gallery has operated on the core belief that art and artists matter profoundly to our society, and can meaningfully contribute to shaping civic dialogue and creating a better society. We support artists in their efforts to move the needle of social justice and to reveal new ways of looking at and understanding our world. As a result, our commissions range from the wondrous and uplifting to the unnerving and provocative.



In the last couple years, we’ve witnessed drastic changes in our country. The last coup has created more conflicts rather than solving them, and created confusion both even within and among groups who may have felt they had a stake in bringing this change about, because once the ‘good people’ were in charge, the violence and political shambles would magically come to an end.

At the height of the protests that preceded the coup back in 2014, WTF gallery curated the exhibition ‘Conflicted Visions”, aiming to create dialogue among the polarised artists and intellectuals who felt the urge to expressed their feelings through art – be it by criticising official policy, using art as a propaganda, or reflecting their confusion, anger, pride and doubt. While “Conflicted Visions” could hardly hope to singlehandedly unblock the dialogue channels between different ideologies, it did raise the question whether we can ever actually have disagreements over fundamental beliefs and ideologies without becoming overwrought. “Conflicted Visions is about reaching beyond prejudices” (Bangkok Post, 9/04/14).
A couple of months later, the military once again seized power openly and formed an authoritarian government who’s chief purpose is to reduce the country once again to a single vision. By doing that it has reduced the concept of human rights and freedom of speech to almost nothing, and this attitude has spilt over even into areas that have nothing to do with political conflict such as simple natural justice or compassion.
In view of the arbitrary detentions and intimidation that followed, the media, academic and art worlds have been virtually silenced with only a few brave non-visual artists or academics fighting relentlessly with the authorities.
Because many artists are silent, WTF tried to think of new ways of prodding the community out of its current stagnation and ennui – and turned to people who are not by profession artists at all for fresh eyes and a fresh perspective. This is not simply because we are giving up or abandoning the artists who have been shackled by authoritarianism, but because we would like to explore the boundaries of art – whether it can express an outright rejection of conventionally defined criteria as a means of defining what art is, and isn’t, and if it is still art if it is done by non-artists who understand themselves as such. 
We invited 13 non-artists to create their art under the theme of “Wonderful Thai Friendship II”. This was the theme that inaugurated WTF gallery with 13 traditional artists when we first opened our doors to Bangkok in April 2010. 
The participants this time are: 
Brian Curtin, art critic & curator
Gene Kasidit, singer-songwriter
Yuki Kunchon, vintage shop owner
Gregoire Glachant, magazine editor
Gabriel Camelin, visual communication lecturer
Shallow News In Depth, political satire show
Patrick Winn, journalist
Romain Dupuy, art director/bar owner
Sanya Souvanna Phouma, club owner/restaurateur
Nikan Bow Wasinondh, curator
Ka-ge Mulvilai, performer/producer
Kong Rithdee, journalist/critic
Christopher Wise, photographer/bar owner
The participators are allowed to interpret the theme in any way they want, or ignore it completely.
The exhibition comprises seven art installations, two photography sets, two video installations and two paintings. The ultimate goal of this exhibition is at all not about the quality or the content of the works, but it focuses on the process of the making as well as perspective and attitude of the creators as well as the viewers. The results have been surprising, ranging from serious social commentary to satirical and lighthearted approaches. 
Some of the works reflect or address social issues that are often overlooked. These include the daredevil behavior of bus and taxi drivers in Bangkok, the acceptance and awareness of sexuality, inequality and nepotism arising from the latest political changes, or the passing hysterias created by the 24-hour news cycle. Other participants take a different perspective to art, commenting on the demimonde or the fashion identity of Bangkokians, the endless recycling of the fads of yesteryear, and the so called role of patronage in the arts. Yet another group focus their creations, perhaps more traditionally than many traditional artists, on generating positive energy or finding beauty in the quotidian – accepting, in other words, that the country has changed so it can stay essentially the same. 
This Exhibition is made possible by Bacardi. 
Special thanks to: Nicolas Buchele, Wesley Hsu, Varsha Nair, Jaruphan Phan-in, Makha Sanewong Na Ayuthaya, Ar-tara Satraroj, Nguyen Tien Tu and Tanya Yordsrimuang
Somrak Sila
20 May 2015
Visitor information
WTF Café & Gallery 
7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Wattana, Klongton-Nua, Bangkok 10110
BTS: Thonglor Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 4-10pm 
Free Admission


How much should this art cost?: Build Your Own Bangkok

March 10th, 2015

WTF Gallery would like to invite you to participate in ‘How much should this art cost?’ as part the “Build Your Own Bangkok” exhibition, which aims to experiment and test the art market in Thailand and have collectors generate the value of a piece of artwork during a gallery show.

One of the most common issues in mounting an art exhibition by a new or upcoming artist in Thailand is pricing. “Price too high, the art won’t sell. Too low, and it might look cheap and not worth investing in.” In the larger art markets, art auctions are a common tool for the market to decide on the value of artistic creation. 

WTF gallery wants to experiment and see how an auction model can work during a show of an artist who is just defining herself as an upcoming creative force.

WTF gallery and  Kathy MacLeod handpicked the most anticipated and collectable piece in the show to offer at auction throughout the period of the show. By silent bid—yourself at the gallery, via phone or email—we’ll display bids at the gallery and inform bidders as the price increases. By the end of the show, the price will be announced to the public and presented to the highest bidder. It’s you who will tell us how much you’d like to pay for art. Don’t miss out!

Chinatown, 2014
Ink and water-colour on paper
75 x 100 cm
Current Bid: 15,000 Baht
Bidding Period: Thursday 12 March 2015, 1800h (+7 GMT) – Sunday 3 May 2015, 2200h (+7 GMT)
If you wish to bid on this art, please email somrak@wtfbangkok.com or call 089 926 5474 and let us know the following:
- Your name & last name
- Phone number
- Bidding price (starts at 15,000 Baht, please bid in increments of 1,000THB)
- You are (you can choose more than one): art collector, first time art buyer, friend & family of the artist and/or gallery or others (please specify).
***Please note that your bidding price is excluding 7% VAT.***


Kathy MacLeod: Build Your Own Bangkok

February 17th, 2015
Painting exhibition
12 March – 3 May 2015 
Opening Reception: Thursday 12 March 2015, 6pm

Like the Amazonian rainforest, Bangkok is a wildly diverse ecosystem — teeming with an infinite number of specimens, living in an infinite array of habitats. Cartoonist Kathy MacLeod (of BK Magazine’s “That’s What She Said” fame) has selected and illustrated eight of these distinct ecosystems with surprise interactive elements.

The large and stunningly detailed drawings are accompanied by a Field Guide which visitors can use to spot uniquely Bangkokian species in their natural habitats. Learn about the different types of sexpats, their distinguishing characteristics, and see where you can spot them in the drawings. Explore the symbiotic relationship between Khao Sarn Road backpackers and the jaded vendors who cater to their whims. Observe the migratory habits of Chinese tour groups and see how many unique varieties of Sleeping Old Man you can spot in Chinatown. A small pop-up shop celebrates the materialism that makes Bangkok Bangkok, and an interactive display invites visitors to reconstruct the city according to their wildest visions. 
Kathy’s characterizations of human behaviour and stereotypes become visual symbols and a shorthand for more complicated issues. The cartoon-like characters and deliberately naive style Kathy employs serves to lower the guard of the viewer to allow her subtly tragic or obviously cruel messages catch the unsuspecting reader by surprise.
Kathy MacLeod is an illustrator and cartoonist whose work leans towards the autobiographical and deeply personal. Born and raised in Bangkok, she has often used the city with all its contradictions and zany characters as the backdrop to her comic adventures. Often the star of her own stories, she sees her work as an ongoing documentation of her own life which she is relentless compelled to record. For "Build Your Own Bangkok", she turns the focus around to the world outside with the same intimate and humorous touch yet never overlooking the pathos of life.


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

Email: somrak@wtfbangkok.com



November 27th, 2014


8th December 2014 – 9th January 2015, 16:00 – 21:00
Opening Reception : 8th December 2014, 6pm.
Selected by
Vasan Sitthiket,  Praditchya Singharaj, Rungsima Kasikranund, Punsiri Siriwetchapun, Thanachai Ujjin and Tul Waitoonkiat

Wit Ariyasriwatana, or lovingly known as Oan, loved life.  He was enamored with everything around him.  He read all sorts of books.  He appreciated art.  He watched films.  He listened to all kinds of music—from classical to post rock.  
Even with his busy schedules being a full time architect and a part time lecturer, Wit was able to manage to slot everything and everyone that he cared for into his life.  He never once failed to look after his families, an
d he always made sure that friends were doing well.  Towards the end of his days, Wit became committed to biking.  
One of Wit’s long standing passions was that of photography.  Inspired by his late father, Dr.  Wichai Ariyasriwatana, Wit took up photography ever since he was young.  NIKON F—no longer functioning—always 
stayed in his bedroom for keepsakes.  Technological advancement prompted him to collect cameras as times went along, but his favorite lens was none other than his father’s NIKON 50 mm f/1.4 which he used regularly with CANON EOS 5D.
Travelling was a
nother core of Wit’s being.  It doesn’t necessarily mean from a place to another, but also a passage of time which can be captured through photography.  Wit displayed how growing up with people around him could create memories to hold on to when he bid farewell to us all. Wit left us during his biking trip with friends in Nakorn Ratchasima.  
“The Journey Continues…” is Wit’s first photographic exhibition. Selected by his trusted friends, the exhibition revisits the world through Wit’s keen eyes.  The opening date is December 8, 2014, which also falls on his birthday.  Through his photos, he bared his heart and soul Wit’s journey will never end.  It continues.  It continues happily and freely.
Until we meet again.
“The Journey Continues…” Photography Exhibition and Life of Wit Ariyasriwatana 
The exhibition displays six sets of photographic works by Wit Ariyasriwatana that have been selected by six of Wit’s friends. They include: 
1) Vasan Sitthiket, well-known visual artist and social activist
2) Praditchya Singharaj, leading architect and photographer
3) Rungsima Kasikranund, Managing Director of Post International Media Co., Ltd. and former Editor-in-Chief of ELLE DECOR Thailand 
4) Punsiri Siriwetchapun, celebrated fashion photographer
5) Thanachai Ujjin, Moderndog’s vocalist
6) Tul Waitoonkiat, Apartmentkhunpa’s vocalist
These six individuals have all played a part of Wit’s personal and professional life, and he held them in highest regards. The admirations traveled both ways.  
Their selection criteria are based on their preferences; moods, tastes, and perspectives derived from closely inspecting Wit’s photographs. The process displayed profound connections and understandings between Wit and his friends.

There is no curator for this exhibition, but Wit’s close friend from Chulalongkorn University Wuttinun Jinsiriwanich has taken on the designer role as a parting gift. He has selected and arranged the display of these different selections in the exhibition space.
These photographs are taken from Wit’s archives from 2000 to 2014. The common themes seem to be friends, people and places that he came across through traveling, instant reality, daily photographic journals, architecture and visual graphics.
From looking at these photographs, one can see quite vividly the photographer’s intention to capture the spirits and livelihoods of people he met as well as the immediate feelings and instant reactions that he grasped.  
As a lifelong keen reader, Wit’s knowledge, memories and viewpoints are kept alive by his photographs. 
Wit’s Life Journey
Wit was born on December 8, 1972 at Misericordia Hospital in New York, USA, where his parents practiced medicines. After graduation from the School of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University in 1995, he started his career as an architect at Axis ArchitectCo.,Ltd. in Bangkok. In the year 2000, Wit started his own business which is currently Studio Qube Co., Ltd. The company’s works include residential buildings, hotels and resorts in Thailand and Southeast Asia.
Wit has received several honors and awards for his works both in the conceptual design and architectural design criteria. He lectured part time at universities.
He was part of the “We Think”, a group of designers and creative people who organized the “Fashion Market for AIDS” during the World AIDS Day in 2004 and “Art Vote” campaign to call for the Bangkok Art and Culture Center during the Bangkok Governor election in 2005. He also joined the long march against the construction of the Mae Wong Dam in 2013. Two years ago, Wit found his new hobby, cycling, which became his passion. 
On 28th June 2014, Wit passed away from a cycling accident. He is survived by his loving wife, mother, brother, sister, Muji and Mookka.


Varsha Nair & Lena Eriksson: Monday 2 Monday

October 3rd, 2014

10 October – 9 November 2014

Opening Reception: Friday 10 October 2014, 6-8pm at WTF Gallery, Bangkok

WTF gallery is pleased to announce a contemporary art exhibition titled ‘Monday 2 Monday’ by Varsha Nair (Bangkok, Thailand) and Lena Eriksson (Basel, Switzerland). 
Based on the Monday 2 Monday project started in 2011 by the artists to engage with each other in regular, rhythmic, ongoing communication, this exhibition visualizes their conversations as a 2-channel video film and on-site installation on 2 floors of WTF Gallery in Bangkok. 
Although the conversation was originally for their personal and emotional expressions, and with no fixed outcome or time frame except to connect each Monday, the project has developed into a chain of thoughts, a great trial of artistic and creative processes and personal endeavour for both artists.
Intense dialogue, whether face-to-face or epistolary has a long history among artists and cultural institutions, and has become an increasingly important concept in contemporary practice. These exchanges can shed light on how art and dialogue can occur in a proactive and planned way.
Bridging the vast distance between Basel and Bangkok, the separation becomes a mutual studio space in which the two artists exchange freely by completely opening up to each other on both professional and personal levels. The chosen topics that matter most to them, at that point in time, are shared each Monday, including personal loss and comforting, friendship, family and country histories, current social and political issues, economics, identity, philosophy, morality, globalization as well as their process of creating art — failed or successful ones. 
The posts are usually very short — brief as bygone telegrams. Most are straightforward while some are planted with satire and humour. They could be considered love letters without lust but ones that speak of deep friendship and containing honesty, compassion and great effort to nurture a healthy long-distance relationship, driven purely by a need to communicate. 
Lena Eriksson was born in Brig, Switzerland, and recently gained a Master degree in Art in Public Sphere from Lucerne School of Art and Design, Switzerland. Eriksson works mainly with drawing, video, installation, performance and concepts, and prefers to develop works in collaboration. From 2004 to 2009 she established and managed “Lodypop” – an independent art space in Basel, for which she conceptualized exhibitions and brought together artists from Switzerland and elsewhere.
Varsha Nair was born in Kampala, Uganda, and studied Fine Arts at Baroda School of Art, Maharaja Sayajirao University, India. Inviting multidisciplinary collaborations her work encompasses various approaches and genres including making, writing, organising, and putting things + people together. Nair has exhibited her solo and collaborative works internationally and in Thailand, where she has lived since 1995.
Project archive at http://monday2monday.tumblr.com/
The exhibition is made possible by The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetial and Embassy of Switzerland in Thailand.
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
Email: somrak@wtfbangkok.com


WTF closed for short vacation September 23-26

September 23rd, 2014