Monday, June 29, 2015

More galleries in Bangkok: Hof Art Space and Chula Art Center

Another weekend, another gallery walk. This time we finally made it to the Chula Art Center and to the Hof Art Space. 
The Art Center is part of the Chulalongkorn University and is located in the 7th floor of the library building. It sounds bigger than it is - the exhibition was in just on large room, divided by a makeshift wall.

The current exhibition is called Synthesis and features 8 artists from Asia. Krisida Suvichakonpong is a photographer with an excellent piece called Cabinet of Curiosities. Kedsuda Loogthong used soil from her hometown to paint rice fields - a traditional theme, but well executed. Also noteworthy is Pattana Chuenmana, who documents the tragedy of the nights, in particular car crashes. Promthum Woravut's drawings depicts images of students on a multiple-choice exam answer sheet - a not so subtile critic of the current education system.
The exhibition is open Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm and Satuday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Next stop was the Hof Art Space not far from Phrakanong BTS at W District. They are displaying sculptures from Silpakorn University at the first floor (So Far So Good 3) and a mix of artists on the ground floor. It is mentioned on the website that "due to the vast space, HOF Art was able to influence a new generation of artists to create, and presented many exhibitions throughout the past nine years." We were actually a bit disappointed about the quality in general. 

While we didn't expect much from the students (solid, but not really exciting with one exception), we thought of having better exhibits at the ground floor exhibits. Jirasak Plabootong is the exception here, his intense earth colored paintings are outstanding. This of course is just my opinion, and art is as much about personal taste as food is, so feel free to argue against my view any time. 

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