It’s been a rough year for the art scene. Most galleries closed their doors with the lockdown, with many resorting to virtual events to provide cultural activities at home. As the art scene slowly returns from hibernation, here are some exhibitions to visit this month.
A Disproportionate Burden by Pichai Pongsasaovapark
Image courtesy of SAC Gallery
Bangkok artist Pichai Pongsasaovapark addresses concerns about air pollution and pesticide contamination in farming that affects the health of farmers and communities. To research the project, the artist interviewed farmers, with a special focus on Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son provinces. He then blended agri-chemicals with acrylics in paintings that capture the tangible threats that go unseen by the naked eye.
Now - Oct 22, 1pm-6pm. Subhashok The Arts Centre, 3rd floor, Art Centre Bldg. Free.
Sunset At Utopia
Image Courtesy of 6060 Arts Space.
Three artists Xiu Ching Tsay, Parichat Tanapiwattanakul, and Achitaphon Painsukprasert have captured what they see in the twilight for their exhibition Sunset At Utopia.
Drawing from their respective expertise, each artist interpreted the subject in an oil painting, art installation, and lightbox photography for the exhibition. Expect to visualize different expressions of the concept in their works here.Now - Oct 23, 12pm-8pm. 6060 Art Space, 27 21 Soi Pradipat, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Phaya Tha, 081-890-1554.
Around the Clock
Image courtesy of Pira Ogawa
Haunted by the voices of insects inside his ears, Pira Ogawa, 75, has sought solace from Tinnitus for 60 years by freehand sketching. Though Pira has never seen himself as professional, his son and daughter-in-law secretly submitted his work to this year’s Bangkok Illustration Fair, where Pira received the popular vote. His first solo exhibition Around the Clock depicts the artist’s journey toward recovery, using geometric shapes of bugs to symbolize his inner pain.
Now - Oct 24, 11am-8pm. RCB Galleria 3, Room 249 – 250, 2nd floor, River City Bangkok, 23 Soi Charoen Krung 24, 02-237-0077. Free.
Alex Face - Skateboard Series 2021
Image courtesy of Bangkok Citycity Gallery
Surfers might want to explore this series of skateboard decks designed by street artist Alex Face on display at the Viewing Room. Alex was inspired to create this cool collection during a trip to Khao Lak’s small surf town
, where he witnessed diverse skin tones and saw an opportunity to draw attention to discrimination. Presenting each skateboard deck as an individual portrait, the artist has instilled each piece with unique characteristics that, taken as a whole, represent the human race, regardless of color. Now to Oct 31, Weekends 1pm-6pm. 13/3 Soi Atthakan Prasit, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon. 083-087-2725. Free.
Image courtesy of Xspace
Painting X explores the simple question of “what is a painting?” to create a space for exploring aspects of the form, either from the artist’s perspective or views on contemporary art in Thailand. Fronting works by 25 local and international contemporary artists, the exhibition features painters redefining the meaning of “painting.”
Now - Nov 5, Mon-Sat 1am-5pm. XSPACE Art Gallery, Soi Preedi Panomyong 14, Sukhumvit 71 Road,066-073-2332. Free.
Image courtesy of River City Bangkok
Street artist 2Choey’s domestic debut Fingers Crossed
which literally translates to hoping for the best, features the artist’s beloved “Fingies” characters to narrate stories and recreate pop culture icons in a playful way. The new collection is inspired by his experiences during the pandemic, people’s misfortunes, fast-food culture, the environment, and social media.Oct 16 - Nov 14, 11am-8pm. RCB Galleria 3, 2nd floor, River City Bangkok, 23 Soi Charoen Krung 24, 02 237 0077. Free.