Sunday, July 04, 2010

How to be an Angel

I visited a few galleries last Saturday with Miss Bubbles, so here I am sharing some photos (no, I'm not yet a photo blog... puhlease).

Our first stop is Kathmandu Photo Gallery, a few steps from where Bubbles lives. Kathmandu is a charming shop-house that had been converted into a gallery, and is close to the Hindu temple in Silom.

Luke Cassidy-Dorion is currently showing his photographs of Ramkhamhaeng University in an exhibit called Ram.
A few blocks away from Kathmandu is Silom Galleria, perhaps one of Bangkok's premiere locations of art galleries. (But what do I know, I haven't exactly explored the other galleries in the other parts of town.)

What I like about Silom Galleria is you can see a good number of galleries in one stop because it has about a dozen contemporary art galleries interspersed with jewelry stores.  I haven't visited the place in ages though so I thought it's time I drop by it again.

On our visit last Saturday, however, I noticed that some galleries have shut their operations while others are simply closed temporarily.

Among the open galleries, I was very struck by the exhibit at Artery. There was a sprawling painting that was somewhat a parody of The Last Supper as well as some other works that seem to play with classic masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa. Unfortunately, I didn't have the chance to ID the artist as the exhibit has yet to open (in about two weeks' time, I guess).

I was very impressed as well with these black and white oil paintings from another artist.
We then moved to another gallery. I forgot its name though but they had good collection of eclectic pieces.
As always, one of the highlights of any trip to Silom Galleria is a stop at the Thavibu Gallery, which specializes in contemporary art from Thailand, Vietnam, and Burma. There's a nice lady there who's always cheerfully giving some background information about their exhibits even if it's quite obvious that I could never afford any of those pieces that run up to half a million baht.

The current exhibit called How to be an Angel is by Vietnamese artist Truong Tan. Using the traditional Vietnamese lacquer painting, which I heard is a painstaking and time-consuming process (but the output is always divine!), most of his pieces, I noticed, are homo-erotic.

3 comments:

Lyka Bergen said...

Do you watch Bravo's Work Of Art? I bet you will like it the way you like Project Runway. Goooo!

Boonsong said...

Wonderful!!!
I'll be visiting Silom very soon, thanks to this post. Thanks for this.

All the best, Boonsong

Anonymous said...

a lot of man-shtick poking somebody's man-hole.
but lovely. is it a gay gallery?

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