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Here There Now Opening ceremony November 26, 2007

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Here There Now Exhibition

On the day before the Play with your food/Melt in your mold workshop started (previous post), I was admitted in the hospital, then there was a call from the owner of Gallery Soulflower, Ms.Natasha Tulli, asking me to design ice cream or sweets for the opening ceremony at her gallery. She randomly found me on my blog and felt interest in the gourmet dog food which I and Yapan Catering have made for cesar event.

The event is to announce the launch of the monograph “Here There Now : Contemporary Art from India” in conjuction with an exhibition of the same title. Mr.Brian Curtin is the author of the monograph and the curator of the exhibition, coincidently he is a friend of my teacher Dr.Tagerng Pattanopas.

Mr.Brian Curtin

According to the press release, Here There Now celebrates contemporary art from India. All the artist have international reputations and Here There Now showcases the diversity of materials, methods and concerns that underline these reputatioins.

Central to this monograph and the exhibition is the recognition that the work of these artists constitutes a necessary aspect of what the “Contemporary” means. These artist actively contribute to the international significance of contemporary art practice. All the more so becasue of theirs individual histories, culturally nuanced understandings, and particular uses of different media.

Within global terms, the critical ambition to offer strict definitions of how art functions for the contemporary context is all but obsolete. Moreover, attempts to theorize the relationship of non-Western artist to occidental “Others” can appear misguided in view of trans-national movement and exchange. Here There Now celebrates these insight, highlighting the value of departures as well as connections and dissonance as well as correspondence across the breadth of contemporary Indian art and beyond.

The artist featured are Arunkumar HG, Tushar Joag, Vineet Kaacker, Pushpamala N, Justin Ponmany, Prajakta Potnis, Sharmila Samant, Gigi Scari, Mithu Sen and Kumar Kanti Sen.

I design an ice cream and some sweets which is inspired by the art pieces od each artists.

“Bulls are watching” is the original art installation by Arunkumar HG.

Bulls are watching by Arunkumar

Bulls are watching in detail

 “Silence of the other” end is the actual work of him for this exhibition.

Silence of the other end by Arunkumar

Bearly bear

“Bearly Bear” is inspired by the work of Arunkumar HG “Silence of the other end”. Using the same technique, it’s constructed with the edible red and green jelly bear gum to form the shape of a bigger bear.

Mutant of the street vendor by Tushar Joag 

“Mutants of the Street Vendors mimetic scheme” by Tushar Joag

The truth beneath the table 

“The Truth beneath the Table” It’s inspired by the work of Tushar Joag; “Mutants of The Street Vendors Mimetic Scheme”. His metaphor is “Indian street vendor as a superhero”. They use their strength to escape the police or disguise themselves into the environment for example. This imitation uses typical Indian nuts table. But if you look carefully, the reflection reveals the truth that there is a super hero beneath the table as if he is carrying this table on his head or on the other hand the Indian nut vendor is a SUPERHERO!

Can you see the super hero?

…. so can you see the super hero?

Vineet Kaacker's work 

Vineet Kaacker’s art pieces.

Vineet chocolate rock

The work of Vineet Kacher inspired this piece. But this is not a rock like the original. It’s a chocolate rock!

Seems like Her Excellency Latha Reddy, Indian Ambassador of Thailand was enjoy the Vineet chocolate before she left.

Pushpamala N and her work

Pushpamala N and her work.

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and…. Disguised Pishpamala N with my work :)

Indian disguise

Pushpamala has many roles in the Indian society, from ordinary Indian persons to female gods. With these “mustache” and “jewelry” straws, you can also play a role of an Indian person while enjoying sparkring yoghurt drink.

Prabhu

Special photography tecnique piece, “Prabhu” by Justin Ponmany

Reverse

“Reverse” imitated the work of Justin Ponmany; “Prabhu”. He explored the translation of 3-dimensional objects to 2-dimensional artworks. Here, his concept is reversed back by forming his 2-dimensional work into 3 dimensions, in this case, ice cream cups.

reverse 

The top view of these ice cream cups displays his complete 2-dimensional art piece while the colors of the ice cream match the colors of the picture on the lids. The flavors are Masala tea, Salted lassi, Mango Lassi and Spice chocolate.

The skin of pimples

“The skin of pimples” by Prajakta Potnis.

Pimple provocation

Pimple provocation in detail 

This piece is inspired by the work of Prajakta Potnis; “The skin of pimple”. People believe that eating chocolate leads pimple. This piece of chocolate has something behind it… The back side looks like skin with pimples!
It’s quite interesting that just by turning something upside down, the meaning totally changes… from something yummy to something yucky!

Sharmila Samant's work

Sharmila Samant’s work

Chocolate Puzzle

Chocolate Puzzle

“Chocolate Puzzle” The idea is taken from the work by Sharmila Samant. Her work displays a group of scattered squared photographs of the same object. This is imitated by dicing chocolate bars into squares and disordering them.

Gigi Scari's work

Gigi Scari’s work.

Cotton (candy) yarn

This is inspired by Gigi Scaria’s work which is the interviews of a group of people who have met Mahatma Gandhi. “Charkha” or “Spinning wheel” is another symbol of his effort to call for the freedom of Indian people by making their own cotton yarn/clothes. I borrowed the idea to make some cotton but it’s candy one.

Many thanks to Mae Aew+ for this antinque spinning wheel.

Mithu Sen and Kumar Kanti Sen's chair

Mithu Sen and Kumar Kanti Sen’s chair.

Sen's little chair

“Sen’s little chair” This cocktail platter is inspired by the chair of Mithu Sen and Kumar Kanti Sen. The cocktail sticks imitate the chair’s back support and the mayonnaise on the sausage looks a little like the pattern of the cushion. 

Visitors with my straws

The guesses were enjoy the exhibition as well as my creations, so does our chief guest, H.E. Lathea Reddy, Indian Ambassador of India to Thailand. Some drank my drinks without even noticing that there were something attaching on their faces!

Pushpamala N, H.E.Lathea Reddy and Natasha Tulli

From the left hand side, Pushpamala N,  H.E. Lathea Reddy, Indian Ambassador of India to Thailand and Natasha Tulli, the owner of Gallery Soulflower.

Many thanks to Natasha for this opportunity to colaborate with all these great artists and opportunity to expose my works. Also many thanks to P’Bank for this super nice English art text. Kob kun naka :)

Pictures in courtesy of artists, Gallery Soulflower and my mom. For more pictures, please click here.

Here There Now Exhibition November 6, 2007

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Here There Now exhibition poster

(Press information from Gallery Soulflower)

Grand opening of show and book launch HERE THERE NOW, Contemporary art from India, at Gallery Soulflower, on 28th September 2007.

H.E. Lathea Reddy, Indian Ambassador of India to Thailand was the chief guest, and she launched the book by HERE THERE NOW, writer Brian Curtin.

Also present were Ambassador of Hungary H.E. Dr.Andras Bologh, Representative of Taiwan Roy.Y.Y. Wu, Mr. Tadeusz Ignasiak (Trade counsellor, Head of Economic Section Poland)

Thai Artists Thavorn Ko-Udomvit, Navin Rawanchaikul, Sonkong Tawatchai, Alongkorn Lauwatthana were present.

The opening was a huge success with people of all nationalities from Indian, to Thai, to French to Americans, who showed up due to their interest in the very popular Indian Modern Art. This show is a unique opportunity to view Sculpture, installation, mix media, painting, photography by leading Artists from India. Also present were the participating artists Arunkumar HG, Prjakta Potnis, Justin Ponmany, Tushar Joag, Sharmila Samant, Pushpamala N, Gigi Scaria, Vineet Kacker, Kanti Kumar Sen, who had flown in specially for the opening.

Special guest speaker Dr.Chaitanya Sambrani, ANU School of Art, The Australian National University, gave a talk on Indian Art.

Ice cream Designer Prima Chakrabandhu Na Ayudhya prepared special ice-cream and sweets inspired by the artworks for the opening ceremony, which was a hit with the Thai and Internation Visitors both.

The visitors enjoyed the wine and elaborate menu of international cusine, from the Tawanna Hotel.

Exhibition @ Gallery Soulflower, Basement Atrium and b26, The Silom Galleria, Soi Silom 19, Silom Road, Bangkok 10500, Thailand.

Date : 28 Sep to 3 Mon to Sat, 11am to 7pm (close on Sunday)

For plublic and media inquiries : Ms.Natasha or Ms.Oui tel: (+66)2-6300-0032 mob: (+66)86-082-1573 www.gallerysoulflower.com   info@gallerysoulflower.com

Play with your food, Melt in you mold. November 4, 2007

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All the kids will be introduced to “The Place and the Plate” exhibition before starting the workshop. Picture in courtesy of P’Ai and Jerome Ming.

I haven’t posted anything for a while so let’s start with the oldest one (again). According to the last post about the information of Breast Stupa Ice cream workshop on 11 July 2007. So here is showing how it goes…

The workshop is devided into two parts, morning and afternoon. The morning workshop is for the children from the organization and the later one is open to any kids.

In each part, it’s devided into 3 sessions. First is the art of scoop, by using the tools to scratch-scoop-dig, then other colors of the ice cream which lay beneath the first layer will appear. It creates an unexpectable art piece.

The second session is to decorate the ready colorful beast shape ice cream by using their imagination and the materials we have prepared such as coloyful natural syrups and jams, topping, colorful chocolate chips, fruits and flowers, snack and so on.

I made lots of colorful simple flavours by using P’Ai breast cookies cutter to make the shape of the ice cream. They are ready to be decorated by the kids.

  Cone castle 

After playing with P’Ai’s breast stupa mold, the third session will let the kids make their own simple mold made of aluminium foil. As our traditional Thai ice cream is hardly found nowadays, this third session will introduce this Thai ice (without cream) and its tool “Tee Sai Nam Kang” to the children to learn our history. The prepared ice flake will be filled in the mold and ready to be decorated.

 

P’Ai’s breast stupa stainless mold and prepared aluminium foil to make the simple mold.

The staffs were working hard (Sai Nam Kang) to make the ice flake for the kids.

  

At the end of each session is eating time to enjoy their own art pieces…hmmm yummy!

Eventually I just admitted with the severe stomache again on the day before the workshop start, got out of the hospital at 4.00 in the morning and then went straight to Jim Thompson to prepare this workshop. So I couldn’t eat anything that much. However all those smiles from the kids made me feel happy and forgot about those pain that happened to me on the previous day.

So do P’Ai who is so generous and so kind to me, all Jim Thompson staffs (P’Poo, Khun Tann, N’Now and P’….), all the staff who worked hard for the kids to play and of course P’Jiab and Jim Thompson art center who create this wonderful event.

Thank you so much.

For more pictures of the event, please click here.