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  • LIFE

    From the valleys to Bangkok

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 25/03/2016

    » Ever since the beginning of the year, Bangkok has not been short of world-class musical icons flying in to grace Thai fans, from Madonna to Santana to most recently David Foster. So it's not unusual that the legendary Welsh singer Tom Jones is next to dazzle Thai audiences.

  • LIFE

    NYC attitude in BKK

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 30/03/2016

    » The thing is Korakrit Arunanondchai is coming to town. And whether you love or hate the denim-clad, fiery-haired New York-based artist, it's very likely that, starting this weekend, he will be pretty much taking over the Bangkok art scene.

  • OPINION

    An unlikely muse to art of endurance

    News, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 31/03/2016

    » So what's the latest? Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said the draft charter by the Meechai Ruchupan-led Constitution Drafting Committee -- yes, the one with a wholly-appointed Senate and fixed senator posts for armed forces and police chiefs -- is up for the referendum and, I quote, "No one will dare to touch it."

  • LIFE

    Ratchaburi's roll of the dice

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 04/03/2016

    » Almost five years ago the late writer and National Artist in literature Prabhassorn Sevikul wrote a short story. The text was not published on paper but painted along the bank of Mae Khlong river, and you had to walk the total of 3km to finish the story. The ephemeral aspect of this, along with 74 other artworks installed around Ratchaburi, featured in the first edition of the community-based "Art Normal" event.

  • LIFE

    Abstractions and acquaintances

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 09/03/2016

    » As the title "Dusadee + Dusit + Lovers + Dead Ones" suggests, Dusadee Huntrakul's current exhibition at Chulalongkorn University's The Art Center is not exactly a solo show, but a bit of a reunion.

  • LIFE

    Trafficking in art

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 16/03/2016

    » The notion that an artist can exist alone and thrive independently, according to artist and curator Henry Tan of the Tentacles contemporary art space, is long over. The same applies to art spaces in Bangkok. This explains why there's a profusion of co-operative projects between art galleries practically all year round.

  • LIFE

    Art as a political act

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 18/03/2016

    » It was with a feeling of nausea and disgust that Chiang Mai-based artist Mit Jai Inn spent one month working on his new series of abstract paintings, now on display and part of the exhibition "Wett" at Gallery Ver at N22 in Bangkok. Mit's series is entitled "Junta Monochrome" -- obviously not for the works themselves -- for the art space has exploded with every colour imaginable; rather the title conveys the artist's contempt for the reality outside: a junta-ruled country where things are either black or white, where if you're not a khon dee (good person), the artist says, you are inevitably the bad guy.

  • LIFE

    Surachai Petsangrot's enigmatic flowers

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 02/03/2016

    » Surachai Petsangrot's debut solo exhibition "Lone Man And The Flowers", opening last week at Thong Lor Art Space, is cute. Now, the word "cute" isn't very often found in art writing, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's used in a negative sense. His 15 big paintings, plus some 200 sketches, installed throughout five storeys of the space themselves are cute, but the experience of viewing them is another matter. It's complex and fun, a truly experiential affair as opposed to a visit to a regular art gallery.

  • LIFE

    Rocky road of life

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 03/03/2016

    » Bangkok-based English-speaking theatre troupe Peel the Limelight's previous performance, The True History Of The Tragic Life And Triumphant Death Of Julia Pastrana, was quite a success at Bangkok Theatre Festival last year winning Best Direction of a Play and Best Performance by an Ensemble from the International Association of Theatre Critics (Thailand Centre). Now, they are back with yet another promising production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned To Drive by the American playwright Paula Vogel.

  • LIFE

    A beautiful yet random mess

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 17/02/2016

    » Perhaps "Heavy Metal", a new show at Tars Gallery, was not that well thought out. That was just an initial response, though. The whitewashed walls and good lighting of this newly opened space make a good start for any show; the clean minimal set-up of its debut show "Untitled 1" last year was proof of that. But now, it's a lot more complex -- "messy" may be the preferred term -- primarily with a scatter of potted plants, bright pastel-painted canvases and images of Roman sculptures mounted on plasterboard.

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