The beginning of Feb, end of Jan, dawn of the Wood Monkey
Year, saw the unveiling of an arresting showing of paintings that bodes well
for the artistic output of 2004.
Sriyang’as work is on display at Umong Silppadhamma.
Quick, here we to soi Wat Oumong to that ‘oh so tricky
to find spot: Umong Silppadhamma (Sub Soi 11, Soi Wat Oumong, off Suthep
Rd... look for the small red sign on your right. www.umong.org), which I
have spoken about before. This is the venue of the not perfect, not pretty
‘come by as you must’ place, where laid back is the key.
The show is wonderful, marvelous, profane and arrogant,
filled with Thai values, laughing at itself, wondering why all along. The
artist is called Jittiwut Sriyang. He’s a graduate of CMU Fine Arts
Department and that’s all I know. But the show’s the thing, 15 or so
large paintings, monochromatic backgrounds, repeated pairings of the same
man and woman, in different modes, moods and gestures, a baby included,
different phases of a relationship.
of the paintings of Jittiwut Sriyang.
Most arresting, perhaps, of a pregnant naked woman,
buzz-saw style hair, hovering in space, like a cloud; with the man on the
side, two heads, one masking the other. Sounds terrible doesn’t it? But
it’s really fine, and fresh and vivid, full of the wonder of life and
dread, the passion and experience, the poise and petulance of young lovers
going growing together and raising a family.
See the woman in Lanna dress, umbrella encumbered,
surreal dream-like images; horse, sun, elephant, float by. Very French.
Then, the man, head like an elephant, trunk shooting stars. And this baby,
such a baby. What a head, it’s the heads in fact that most arrest in this
artist’s works, as if the whole of the relationship was encased in the
heads. Well, for most people it is this way after all.
What a show. On till the end of Feb. The gallery is open
Monday to Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Worth a look.