Trauma, suicide and transit: The best of Bangkok art in October

Trauma, suicide and transit: The best of Bangkok art in October

Bangkok Art Map, the city's essential guide for art lovers, shares its top picks for the month
Glenn Wexler
Chicago-based artist Glenn Wexler's Transit 5 exhibit is on display at H Gallery until October 31.

BAM!BAM! is a free monthly guide to Bangkok’s growing art arenaBangkok culture aficionados are spoiled rotten this month. Festivals abound, from cuisine and film to design and fashion. Not to mention the wide-ranging exhibits bedecking Bangkok’s galleries.

Bangkok Art Map, published every month and distributed free in Bangkok, shares its top picks for October.

Stories from Her, October 15 to November 25

Curated by Somporn Rodboon, lecturer at Chiang Mai University and one of Thailand’s most respected art historians, this exhibition is a rare opportunity to see how the six-strong Gasalong group presents a northern female artistic perspective.

Named after a white flower, Gasalong presents a diversity of themes and mediums that includes print, wax, and mixed media installations, as well as wall hangings.

10am-7pm. Resident One Property Co Ltd, 2F DOB Building, 318 Rama IV Road, MRT: Hualumphong.Tel +66 (0)85 482 3566

Project Gift Art Exhibition for Education Fund, October 8-31

Acknowledging the current economic climate, art professors connected to King Mongkut Institute of Technology come together to exhibit and raise scholarship funds for underprivileged students. With Artery offering its space unconditionally, this benevolent exhibition features a variety of two- and three-dimensional works by 23 artists. More familiar names on view include Decha Warashoon, Wutigorn Kongka, Anupong Chantorn and Kanakorn Kachacheewa.

Monday-Saturday, 10:30am-7pm. Artery, Silom Galleria B1, 919/1 Silom Road, BTS: Surasak. Tel +66 (0)2 630 3006

Landscape Architecture, until October 24

Feng FangyuFeng Fangyu combines China's traditional arts heritage with the modern technologies.

Having recently spotlighted emerging Indonesian art, La Lanta continues to expand its regional focus with an exhibition by two Chinese contemporary photographers. Master architects of envisioned landscapes, artists Lu Jun and Feng Fangyu combine the rich visual language of China's traditional arts heritage with the modern technologies of photography and digital imaging.

Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-7pm. 245/14 Sukhumvit Soi 31, BTS: Phrom Phong. Tel +66 (0)2 260 5381

Transit 5, October 6-31

Chicago-based artist Glenn Wexler takes his inspiration from the urban environment, particularly the co-existence of architecture and nature, of traditional and contemporary. Presented as a wallpaper of light boxes, a wooden house installation and color screen prints, Wexler’s residual diarist images imbue a rich cinematic presence.

Loaded with sensation and energy, his personal journeys are mostly captured in the frenetic labyrinths of rapidly developing Asian centers. Starts October 6 at H Gallery.

10am-6pm. H Gallery, 201 Soi 12 Sathorn Road, BTS: Surasak. Tel +66 (0)81 310 4428

Transforming Public Spaces, October 7-18

Last year the Transforming Public Spaces project kicked off with a public referendum on the buildings and public spaces in Bangkok that residents considered an eyesore. Sittipong Tanchaya won the competition with his photo of unsightly power cables around Victory Monument.

Taking the project a creative step further, this month the area around the monument becomes a site-specific collaborative intervention by British artist Maria Stukoff and local creative collective Apostrophy’S. Building on the site’s unique history, the interactive installation involves a symbolic number of reactive metal poles that emit and record pertinent information, sounds and images.

BTS: Victory Monument

Trauma 101, until November 1

Chalermpon RatanakomonwatChalermpon Ratanakomonwat looks at society's growing psychological problems.

Continuing its run of strong emerging painters, The Gallery’s latest exhibition by Chalermpon Ratanakomonwat looks at the growing inventory of psychological problems facing society at large. Resembling blurred digital photographs, the artist’s edgy paintings convey a certain distress and anxiety, which he believes leads to more aggressive and detrimental behavior, damaging both ourselves and others.

Monday-Saturday, 10am-7pm. Sunday, 11am-6pm. The Gallery, The Silom Galleria B1, 919/1 Silom Road Soi 19, BTS: Surasak. Tel +66 (0)2 630 3381

Suicide Mind, October 24 - December 6

For his first solo exhibition at Whitespace, young Thai-Japanese artist Pornpraseart Yamazaki presented a deliberately gaudy mixed media installation critiquing society’s materialist excesses and the spiritual path needed to restore balance. Two years later, Pornprasert continues his critique of wanton consumerism with a new sculptural installation and video works. Questioning the meaning of happiness, the artist brings sensationalism to his latest works by painting in his own blood.

Tuesday-Friday, 1pm-7pm. Saturday-Sunday, 11:30am-8pm. Whitespace Lido Bldg 2F, 260 Siam Square 3, BTS: Siam. Tel +66 (0)2 252 2900

Bangkok Design Festival 2009, until October 31

Placing emphasis on innovation, creativity and sustainability, the third annual Bangkok Design Festival takes place through most of October at design-focused venues across the city.

Held at the BACC, TCDC, Siam Paragon, Siam Centre, Impact Arena, Emporium, as well as public spaces such as Victory Monument, the festival has contributions from Thailand, Australia, Britain and Germany. On view at the BACC are over 80 architectural models originally presented in the Australian Pavilion in Venice last year, while BUG hosts German fashion photography.

Editor's Note: Published monthly, the Bangkok Art Map (BAM!) is a free monthly guide to Bangkok’s growing art arena. It’s put together by Steven Petifor, one of Thailand’s leading art writers and is available all over the city.