Wednesday, September 15, 2010

“What lies within us” A solo exhibition of HARITORN AKARAPAT 29 Sept - 8 Nov 2010

“What lies within us”

A solo exhibition of

29 Sept - 8 Nov 2010

Opening reception 29 Sept 2010 6pm onwards

Exotissimo in partnership with the Toot Yung Gallery are pleased to present What lies within us, a solo exhibition by the renowned Thai artist Haritorn Akarapat. With this new exhibition, Haritorn Akarapat proposes again a surprising “come back” to the Bangkok art scene; returning with a new strength, a new medium: Painting!

Haritorn Akarapat is an established sculptor in Thailand. His work is easily recognizable as he developed a strong identity during his over 20 years career, exploring new ways to approach the bronze and patina techniques. This sudden change of medium has been in the artist’s mind for several years. He was just waiting for it to be ripe as he says with a wide smile.
Akarapat’s long and challenging career is marked by intense periods of activity, usually culminating in a heroic masterpiece or group of master works, followed by startling renewal and rethinking of his subject.

This exhibition proposes to make a parallele between his previous sculpture works and his new paintings. It is a transit showcase of his work in progress. “What lies within us” is an occasion to see how the artist nourishes himself from his previous works to finally come to explore an unknown matter.
His paintings are a passionate explosion. Full of humour, freedom and odd colours...they are refreshing and ironic.The artist focuses on the power and simplicity of subject and the vibrancy of the colors . It is a subtil mirror like response to his latest solo show at Tang Contemporary Art Lapse of Memory. Again exploring the resonances between the pieces of a very numerous serie. As to grab the diversity of life and beings, Akarapat accumulates these distorted faces, skulls and animals with a furious appetite. They are painted intuitively, with quick and spontaneous flashes of bright, transparent colour. He treats the paintings as virtual figurations of theological speculation and vehicles for spiritual meditation. The figurative elements act as a mirror for the observer, the non-figurative elements invite contemplation.

References to buddhist theories, which in the earlier works had been more ambiguous, are more directly emphasised. These works have allowed Akarapat to revisit and excavate the past, pushing his own painterly vocabulary to create works that are fresh and liberated.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Double opening exhibition at Toot Yung Gallery.

Double opening exhibition at Toot Yung Gallery 4 SEPT 2010.

6.30 pm Opening exhibitions:

An exhibition by El Grump & Cloheena Starr
Curated by Nico Leist & Tintin Cooper

In their exhibition ‘Love the Dogs’ conceptual artist couple El Grump and Cloheena Starr reflect about our perception of social environment and belonging. Their works show a deep understanding of the subtle threads that bind our lives together. By using various techniques and media, including textile sculpture, neon lighting, wallpaper and photography, and concentrating on abstract yet real things- dogs, they raise the questions of our very exposure to each other.

A solo exhibition of Marion Delarue

Marion Delarue, student at the Arts Decoratifs of Strasbourg, France, received a scholarship to travel in Thailand and Korea for 6 months to explore the traditional techniques of ceramic, lacquer and glass. She has reinterpreted these ancestral techniques with a contemporary language.Each work is nourrished and inspired by the local Asian culture and everyday gestures of the people.

Cocktail reception in presence of the artists from 6.30 to 8.30 pm

9.00 pm Live music programmed by POPSCENE

• Brown Flying
• Cuckoo
• The Rover
• Local Machine

Starting 6.30 pm live visuals from Freelenser. (Gabriel Camelin, French VJ)