Saturday, October 23, 2010
Garden of Eden by Donkajohn Kaweetarapakorn
18 Nov 2010 - 5 jan 2011
Opening reception 18 Nov 2010 at 6.30 Pm.
Exotissimo Gallery in collaboration with Toot Yung Gallery is pleased to present “Garden of Eden”, the first solo exhibition of Chiang Mai based artist Donkajohn Kaweetarapakorn. Donkajohn Kaweetarapakorn is a self taught artist. He was born and raised in a rural area of North Thailand before coming to Chiang Mai for his studies. There he met the young Thai artist Sun. with whom he started to engage in the art world. He learned the technique of woodblock print which he has explored for the past two years. He lives in the mountain over Chiang Mai in a paradise like atmosphere where he leads a life in tune with nature and free of constraints of the modern city mores. Donkajohn is in search of a more vital and authentic way of life in which his creativity can evolve freely. With a deeply romantic vision of his art, Donkajohn sought to express the primal and elemental forces of life. His prints, done in an even very thin line, focus mainly on the human figure. The purity and simplicity of the line can be compared to some of the latest drawings and ceramic works by Jean Cocteau, also expressing themes of sexuality and gender as well as more symbolic approaches including stylized figures and animals.
Monday, October 18, 2010
THE VICIOUS TORTOISES of A CHASTE MAN
A solo exhibition of Mathieu Ha
29 October 2010 – 10 Dec 2010
Toot Yung Gallery
Opening reception and live Syst aime sound performance on
October 29 starting 7pm at Toot Yung Gallery
Matthieu Ha, a 37-year-old Belgian artist of French-Vietnamese origins, is known to be an atypical artist musician and performer. He has traveled the world as a solo performing artist musician and with his music band the iiiiistes. Mathieu Ha does not sing in words but lets the sounds and the music be what they are and carry the meaning. He is a natural improviser, interacting with sounds around him, experimenting with difficult social contexts and using music truly as a means of communication.
The Toot Yung Gallery is proud to present for the first time his visual art work. “The Vicious Tortoises of a Chaste Man” were born from sketches he made in 2010 during an art residence in France. The Vicious tortoises have a penis in place of a head. They determine the feminine gender in an unidentified tantric act. They are positioned between vice and virtue, between thought and after-thought. These drawings were a revelation to Mathieu Ha. It is as if, by magic, he was transformed into these tortoises. This matter led him to take a vow of chastity for eight months. After analysing the sketches, at the end of the period of chastity, he concluded that he must marry himself.
hand made book-silkscreen on paper with leather cover- 2010
Confirming his original attitude, he has called a press conference to claim the right to marry with himself. Matthieu Ha believes that, with the current global spiritual crisis, a marriage with oneself is a solid initiative that can contribute to global peace and advance humanity. The artist will explain the reasons that led him to the decision at a press conference to be held at the BKK ARTHOUSE gallery (21-10-2010 at 6:00 pm) during which he will expose his Bangkok Peace Manifesto.
Mathieu Ha is currently living in Bangkok in view of his big music and arts festival BANGK(zero)k which will take place from 18 to 25 December 2010.
The proceeds of the sale of his works during the show at the Toot Yung Gallery will benefit the Bangk(Zero)K Festival in which international and local musicians, performers, writers and artists will participate. For this occasion the Toot Yung Gallery will propose very accessible art works by Mathieu Ha, transforming the gallery in a concept store.
silkscreen on paper-2010-A3
silkscreen on paper-2010-A3
For further information please contact:
Toot Yung Gallery
0849145499 - firstname.lastname@example.org
19 Prchathipatai Rd. Baanphanthom
Khet Phra NakhonBangkok 10200
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Under the guidance of Haritorn himself you ll be creating your own clay sculpture and will learn how to cast a plaster mold and plaster copies of the sculpture. For those who are interested another workshop will be held to cast the sculpture in bronze.
The workshop is opened to children and adults. No age limit.
600 thb includes all material + coffee break.
Please be so kind to confirm your presence before Saturday 16 Oct 2010
Toot Yung II Gallery/ Treetalks restaurant 16/17 Praditmanuutham Rd - Khwaeng Ladprao - Bangkok 10230 Thailand
0849145499 - email@example.com
works by Haritorn Akarapat
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Grand Opening of Toot Yung II Gallery "Over the Rainbow"Opening reception: Friday 8 October 2010 7pm onwards
OVER THE RAINBOW 8 Oct - 8 Dec 2010
an exhibition co-curated by Thaweesak Srithongdee & Myrtille Tibayrenc
The Toot Yung II Gallery is located in the Ramintraa district of Bangkok. This brand new space, designed by Udom Dansakchai aims to promote the young generation of emerging Thai artists and create opportunities for foreign artists to join local exhibitions.
The composition of the space proposes a broad range of alternative showcases. The wide glass gallery was designed facing the large outdoor Tree Talks restaurant from which the exhibition can be entirerly overviewed. Connections are made possible between the outdoor and indoor, with a concert stage, video projection screens and spaces provided for performances, fashion shows and outdoor sculpture.
The gallery plans to hold shows every two months featuring Thai and international artists with established names, as well as emerging artists.
OVER THE RAINBOW ARTISTS
Artists: Alice Seghetti + Boonchai Apintanaphong + Gabriel Camelin + Jean-David Caillouët + Laudine Dubeaux + Montri Toemsombat + Pare Nadda Thanathan + Srisakul Amnuaiporn + Tada Hengsakul + Thawatpon wongboonsir.
On the occasion of the grand opening of Toot Yung II gallery,
Exotissimo Travel will generously offer a bus of 50 seats
to travel from the Dusit Thani Hotel to the gallery located in Ramintraa.
Passengers will be asked to be at the Dusit Thani hotel at 6pm on Friday Oct 8 2010.
The bus will be departing at 6.30pm sharp and arriving at the gallery around 7.15pm for the opening.
On the bus, you will enjoy performance by young artist
Pisitakun Kuantalaeng organized by curator Pare Nadda Thanathan.
The ride is free of charge but you have to book your seats BEFORE Oct 7 2010.
To book your bus tickets: Send by E-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) Your Name or name of your company and the number of seats needed
You can also book the seats by calling: 0849145499
BUS RSVP BEFORE 7 OCT 2010
Alice Seghetti graduated with first-class honour from the Fine Arts Academy, Verona, Italy in 2009. Her Thesis subject: “Mutant Identities in the Cinema of David Lynch, David Cronenberg, Shinya Tsukamoto and Takashi Miike” plunged her into the imaginary world of grim and fantastic creatures. She is now a young freelance illustrator and painter with work ranges from book/album art to children’s illustration, from comical to horror-macabre artwork. She is also involved in a wide range of visual expressions like Tattoo designs, stop-motion animations and video-art.
Boonchai Apintanaphong graduated from the faculty of fine arts, Silapakorn University in 1992. He has worked in the video production field for ten years until colaborating with Thai artist Taweesak Sritongdee for a music video. This collaborative experience brought him back to the art world. He has since then had several exhibitions in Bangkok working on the subject of memory. He uses several techniques to express his art: videos, photos, drawings, journals, sculptures and sounds. His very humorous installations invite the viewer to connect to fictions created from the artist s own memories.
Gabriel Camelin graduated from Paris III Sorbonne-Nouvelle University in Performing Arts and Film Theory in 2004, he moved to Thailand after his graduation. He first volunteered for 2 years, working for several organizations in Bangkok and Chiang Mai in the fields of volunteer training and HIV/AIDS prevention, helping the local volunteers on video production and photography. Back in Bangkok since 2007, Gabriel Camelin is currently a lecturer in photography, video production and post-production in Silpakorn University International College, Multimedia Design Program. Outside of his teaching hours, he involves most of his time on photography, post-production and vjaying. Since 2008, he has been involved on a dozen of music videos and vjaying performances for local and international bands. He is currently a student in Birmingham City University in Visual Communication focusing on the synesthetic relationships between sound and visuals.
Jean-David Caillouët is a sound and film artist based in Bangkok. Mixing the old with the new, his work often combines together various disciplines such as film, music (acoustic & electronic), choreography and poetry in a live performance context.
As a multi-instrumentalist and producer, he has collaborated with artists as varied as the composers Kimho Ip from Hong Kong and Anothai Nitibhon from Thailand, Cape Coast based musician Kwesi Quayson, the Scottish Indie band Aberfeldy and Celtic singer Heather MacLeod. He has performed internationally, playing well respected festivals such as Celtic Connections or the Edinburgh Fringe.
His interest in other cultures’ art and music took him to Cambodia where he collected sounds and traditional music throughout several trips which resulted in the CD “Angkor Journey”which has since been used in several documentaries.
He has produced soundtracks for films, animations, theatre and dance. Some of his collaboration work with choreographer Joanne Fong has been performed in London’s Royal Opera House and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. After studies at Brussels Royal Conservatoire and Dartington College Of Arts in Devon, he completed a PhD in musical composition at Edinburgh University in 2005. He is currently a lecturer in Sound Design, Film and Composition at Silpakorn University, Bangkok.
Laudine Dubeaux graduated in master of design from the School of Reims (France) . After obtaining her diploma she moved to Thailand where She has been based for two years. She has developped several projects here, involving design in all its forms. She worked for Semsikka, Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation, on the conception and production of a collection of handicraft products joining the fair trade movement. She also started to illustrate short stories, poetry and book covers for her own stories as well as for Thai writers. She is now working on the Illustrations for a set of 5 books of vietnamese fables in collaboration with the thai writer Kanthorn Aksornnam and just published her latest book cover for Thai writer Sulak Sivaraksa. She has recently opened a Bar/Bookshop & Gallery in Bangkok in collaboration with Thai artists and writers.
Montri Toemsombat graduated in 1998 from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chulalongkorn University. His debut artworks often use natural materials, such as rice and silk. His extensive portfolio covers sculptures, installation arts, photographs, improvised arts and videos. His nationally and internationally exhibited works are widely acclaimed for their creativity and distinctiveness. His solo exhibitions include: “Cocoon; the Renaissance” Jim Thompson House, 1993, “New Fashion Order; Dissolution”, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne, Australia, 2005, “Rice/Life, Ever-Presence”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, 2006. He has also been invited to join in international exhibitions, namely: “The 1st Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale”, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in 1999; “Biennale Internationale Design 2000”, France, 2000; “The 1st Tirana Biennale”, Tirana National Musuem, Albania; “The New Dimension of Asian Art”, the Japan Foundation Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2002; “Dreams and Conflicts”, Thai Pavilion, 50th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Venice, Italy, 2003; ARS 06, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland, 2006; “Busan Biennale 2008”, Busan, South Korea; “Jakarta Biennale 2009”, Jakarta, Indonesia; Montri is a recipient of various artist residency and research scholarships, and international awards, such as Young Fashion Designer Award, Bangkok International Fashion, 1999, Japan Foundation Fellowship Program, Japan Foundation (Affiliated with Fukuoka Asian Art Museum) Fukuoka, 2000, Artist in Residence at La Cite des Arts, Paris, 2007, the James H.W. Thompson Foundation Research Grant, Bangkok, 2008. Today Montri lives and works in Kanchanaburi.
Pare Nadda Thanathan
Pare Nadda Thanathan is a young, very dynamic Thai artist, editor and curator. She is still studying in view of obtaining her Master degree form the well known Silapakorn University, after finishing her BFA in Rangsit University. At only 26 she has already acheived several big scale projects including two major solo shows in Bangkok involving human psychology, using mixed media installations in situ. She also was the Editor in chief for the art book “ITYM WAR” gathering 23 members who are designers , writers , painters and photographers. She is presently the lead singer in the Happy Band, alternative rocky band.
Srisakul Amnuaiporn is a self taught artist who has discovered the art of cartoon drawing very recently. Since then she is never without her black ballpoint pen, grabing in a few rapid lines all the people evolving around her as well as famous stars and political men from newspapers and magazines. Her huge production of small scale drawings permits her to create installation like gatherings of hundreds of drawings.
Tada Hengsapkul has had a camera in his hands since the age of fifteen. This very passionate young Thai photographer uses argentic cameras and video to capture hidden identities of his homeland, Thailand. Topics approached are love, gender, domesticity, and sexuality; these frames are usually shot with available light giving a natural and close relationship to the subject.
Thawatpon Wongboonsiri is a multidisciplinary artist who is mainly a musician. He has recently started to enter the world of visual arts by very naturally painting on objects around him. He finally exhibited some of the pieces at the House RCA in the framework of the Kid Art Exhibition 2010 inaugurating his career as a visual artist.