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XI No.15 - Sunday December 30 - Saturday January 12, 2013


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Giant puppets at 3 Kings!

The giant puppets wandered around, acting out in the public spaces around 3 Kings Monument.

By Shana Kongmun
Giant puppets amazed kids, adults and even the police as they lumbered their way around 3 Kings Monument. Most of the car and songthaew drivers took it with a surprising equanimity however a few did honk. The giant puppets are a two year project from the Australian Third Way Theatre. The Third Way Theatre works to take back public spaces and break normalising social and cultural silences through public theater.
The project was the result of cooperation with Snuffpuppets and GABFAI a community theater company based here that works with stateless people such as Burmese migrants and hilltribe communities. The giant puppet project saw International school students and youth from Hill Tribe communities work together to use dreams as a point of entry into reflecting on dreams, resulting in the puppets in a project called “A Place to dream”.

The puppets interacted with local onlookers, with some students seeming to enjoy it and smaller children looking on either amazement or fear or both!
 


Reflection of Nature

Ink and color on rice paper work by Saijai Nimnual titled Life Installation.

Chiang Mai University Art Center announced a group exhibition, Reflection of Nature, which features member artists of JeOn Art Booth in Bangkok, an Oriental painting art circle, and contemporary Thai artists based in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
In this exhibition, the artists show their attempt to obtain a true understanding of nature and build communication with it by means of portraying the mystery of Mother Nature in their art and representing the coexistence with natural objects in everyday life. As a result, they look for their own existence through artistic communication with nature and express the significance of people they relate in their life.
This exhibition is not a confrontation between professional and amateur or between Chiang Mai and Bangkok, but rather a presentation of how differences between regions and diversity of expressions can be revealed in the work of art. It will give an opportunity to find different sensibilities and the sense of aesthetic, and examine a variety of ways to communicate between nature and human, and between nature and art. It is also anticipated that this exhibition will increase both Chiang Mai artists’ and local art lovers’ interest in Asian ink brush painting.
Artists involved include; Angkrit Ajchariyasophon, Gi-ok Jeon, Kitikong Tilokwattanotai, Pakit Bunsut, Songdej Thipthong, Srijai Kuntawang, Thattchai Hongpaeng, Udom Chimpukdee, JeOn Art Booth Members / Ae-Ja Chun, Bhadraskhondh Limpanabhongsthep, Kyoung-Ae Koo, Pithan Thechaniti, Saijai Nimnual, Tae-Soon Jeong, Young-Ai Kim. The Exhibition opens February 1, 2013 at 6 p.m. and runs through February 14 at the CMU Art Center. Open daily fro 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays.

Chinese ink on rice paper paper collage by Gi-ok Jeon titled Dwelling in a space.


Gallery 116 – Affordable Art by the Sala Group

By Jai Pee
On Friday December 21st the gallery 116 on Charoen Muang Road in Wat Ket opened its doors to a brand new exhibition under the title of Affordable Art – and affordable it is too, with prices ranging upwards from just 3,000 baht and many exhibits around 10,000 baht. The exhibition, part of which is also on show at the Central Airport Plaza, contains 120 varied works of art from 40 or so members of the inspirational Sala group of artists, based in the north and centred around Chiang Mai Province. Many of the artists were present for the opening in their traditional costumes – black fisherman’s trousers, black jackets to match and a black beret – distinctive, original and eye-catching – just like the wonderful array of exhibits – and of course at very reasonable prices and all for sale with all the proceeds going to the local Sala group!
Several of the paintings depicted various scenes of rural life, the subjects dressed in traditional robes and the colours generally more pastel and subdued than the normal range of such works. But the distinctive feature of this exhibition is its variety – alongside the local scenes were delightfully composed collages, usually with a Buddhist flavour, with metals of gold, silver and bronze colour superimposed on lotus-type backgrounds; a portrait of a faces in Picasso-style sharply contrasts with a group of traditional dancers; portraits of His Majesty the King and the Queen stand out amid the local scenery and make a conspicuous contrast. Most impressive of all is the fact that so many of the works of art break the traditional boundaries and dabble in experimentation – but not in an offensive or repulsive manner – many of the exhibits are challenging but acceptable, carefully constructed and full of passion and zeal. It is so refreshing to see this kind of experimentation in a form that is pleasing both to the eye and mind. This exhibition is well worth a visit and the discerning browser is sure to find something to enhance one or more of their rooms. Visitors might like to pick up one of the beautifully produced brochures available at the gallery foyer although knowledge of written Thai would be a useful asset in reading the script!
The exhibition – just 300 metres from Nawarat Bridge on Charoen Muang Road is open every day except Monday from now until February from 10.00 until 18.00; phone 053 302 111 for more information.


Six hands piano returns to Chiang Mai

Jonas Dept, Nicolas Collinet and Matthieu Normand performed at the 137 Pillars House on Christmas Eve.

By Shana Kongmun
In their first performance in Chiang Mai since the beginning of this year, the three talented pianists performed their unique brand of six hands on one piano in the very elegant setting of the 137 Pillars House in Wat Gate. An al fresco dinner followed to make for an entertaining and lovely Christmas Eve.
I might say it goes without saying that the performance of local resident Jonas Dept and his two good friends Nicolas Collinet and Matthieu Normand was excellent, but really it must be said again and again. The skill of these three men is of course, extremely high, but it is the passion with which they play, the obvious enjoyment in the music and in each other’s company that makes this concert so unique and such a pleasure.
They varied the tempo and tone of their pieces, going from impassioned and serious to lively and fun with one long extended piece incorporating show tunes and traditional Christmas songs. I confess, I am not the biggest fan of Christmas music, having listened to too much of it piped mindlessly into stores and shops over the years but this was certainly the best Jingle Bells rendition I have ever heard. The joy and passion with which these three men play delighted the audience and I am sure we will all look forward to their concert on January 10 at the CMU Art Center.
137 Pillars continues to shine by welcoming more world-class musicians such as Jonas, Matthieu and Nicolas, on January 5 a charity concert aiding the School for Life with Matthew King of Kingfish and formerly the Dave Matthews Band and Tuck and Patti, a well-known vocal/guitar jazz duo from the U.S. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and the 1500 Baht ticket covers a drink and canapés. Advance purchase only with tickets at the reception desk of the hotel.

General Manager Manfred Ilg joins the pianists before the concert.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Giant puppets at 3 Kings!

Reflection of Nature

Gallery 116 – Affordable Art by the Sala Group

Six hands piano returns to Chiang Mai
 

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