The Roger Smith Hotel and Thai Artists in New York are delighted to present a group show of work made by Thai artists based in New York City, as an ode to the recently passed King Bhumibol Adulyadej. This exhibition will take place in the Lobby at the Roger Smith and Sugar Club x Art Space, December 5th 2016 – January 24th 2017.
Following a seven decade reign, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away on October 13th, 2016.
Through their creative practice, Thai Artists in New York invite Thai artists based in New York City to commemorate the benevolence and the grace of HM Bhumibol Adulyadej and pay tribute to their beloved King.
@ Roger Smith Hotel
Kritwalee Kate Seneetantikul
Suntur Yozanun Wutigonsombutkul
@Sugar Club x Art Space
Kay Sirikul Pattachote
"go on" : the digital art exhibition by Nithi Prasanpanich
The Thai Red Cross is currently in a shortage of blood as Thai people choose to donate blood during festive seasons and some significant days. This resulted in unusual blood donations and led to critical shortage many times all over the year. In 2015, I took the Mash Up, Creating with Web API class at NYU Interactive Telecommunication Program. That was when the Go On project began. I started to explore the way that web technologies could possibly schedule people to give blood.
Go On is the digital experimental project that asks people for their Sunday. People are invited to choose any Sunday in their lifetime and go to donate their blood on that particular day. It is literally a web application that allows donors to express their intention and also bring people who need blood to meet with people who want to donate. The web will virtualize all the participants’ signing with playful approaches.
This set of paintings, the artist wants to reflect her personal thoughts, experience, and feelings towards a society in New York City where everyone has to compete to survive. She tells her own story, a reflection of an identity as well as being accepted by the society.
She painted portraits of people she knows including herself by using acrylic on canvas. Her expression is shown through her brush strokes, which convey her own emotion and feeling at that moment with her own imagination.
I started painting cats in 2012 during my undergraduate study and still paint cats until today. Cats are the best representation of myself because of our similar personalities such as being lazy and stubborn as well as our mutual love for solitude and freedom. All the whimsical kittens and adult cats in my paintings are my own pets. These six Scottish Fold cats, consisting of dad, mom, and their four kittens, are the main source of inspiration.
These watercolor paintings portray the artist’s social life as an international student. I found the connection between the moment of meeting with my friends and family in New York City and how cats spend time together as a family. For this set of paintings, Kittens depict young people such as friends and classmates while adult cats are the parents or older relatives.
The interaction and meeting with friends and family outside one’s home country are considered more important and meaningful, especially in the busy everyday routine in New York City, where everyone has to deal with time and cultural difference.
The work may seem understated with no extraneous detail. However, the intention is to reveal the genuine, nostalgic reality of one international student’s life.
Every time we think about this city, we see a mega city crowded with a tremendous amount of people. Those who were born and raised here and have been urbanized since the very beginning of their lives. Those who came from different places either inside or outside the United States. These are ones who look for hope and opportunities. The ones who seek better lives. Through not permanent, tourists who would like to see New York with their bare eyes, help add up the number of pedestrians.
This Big Apple has been a symbol of hope, opportunities, prosperity and happiness. It has an image of the city that never sleeps. Millions of lights from those billboards pleasure our eyes along with strangers on the side walk. Buildings have been placed neatly, repeatedly into a rectangle shape divided from each other by the streets and avenues. This city has its charm. It provides everything to everyone who gives it a try. On the contrary, in some period of time we are in the city. We may feel the emptiness and solitude. The feeling of being a tiny dot surrounded by big grey blocks. The feeling of a life among 8,550,405 lives.
TOO FEW<TOO MANY> surfaces imperfection of culture, language, personal character and society that can be seen everywhere, through perspectives of four Thai artists in New York. The observation of the ubiquitous imperfection has become a common daily habit that has both good or bad consequences, and it inspires the artists to bring up the subject as a cautionary tale to the audience, in hope for change.
TANY is delighted to present the first mini solo exhibition of drawings, paper crafts, and moving image works from Bangkok-born, New York-based artist Suphitcha “Jan” Donsrichan. This will be the first solo exhibition of Suphitcha’s work ever presented outside of Thailand. An opening reception will take place on Saturday, May 21, from 6:00 to 8:00pm, the artist will be present.
Suphitcha’s work is built on using common objects and experience from daily life to devise narratives that mix reality and fiction. As her husband’s constantly facing the possibility of death with progressing cancer and Thailand’s political situation drifted into something straight out of dystopic literature, the boundary between reality and fictional sphere seems to be always shifting. Suphitcha’s work employs poetic metaphors that comment on broader social issues and universal human emotions and desires.
Unwrap : The Draw Has Been Made is a series of artwork that reflects the artist’s moment of facing problems in her life as an artist, a wife, a daughter and a Thai citizen.
After I quit my full-time job, it has been almost two years since I started living in New York. I still remember the feeling when I first came here; I was very excited about this place. I felt people here are diverse and interesting. At the same time, I had to work at a cafe, and almost everyday I would carry my camera with me. After work or on my days off, I would take photos of people on the street. I learned about street photography more properly here. The excitement of taking street photographs is that you can never know in every day you carry your camera outside what you could possibly encounter, especially here in New York.
“Day Off” comes from the free time outside of work that I spent taking photographs of people on the streets and subway. It's the time I witnessed different lives of people in the hectic New York City. In some angle, they were seen winding themselves down, dwelling in their day-off moments, just like how we all have tiring days and days to relax. Visitors often picture people's lives here to be busy all the time, but that is just a part of it. In a way, "Day Off" is a message to people coming to work or study here to pursue in their free time what they really want to do.
เสียงพิมพ์ดีดที่จะทำให้ "คิดถึง" ผ่านทุกตัวอักษร ในนิทรรศการ missed "place" missed "plate" โดย Nutthawut Siridejchai ในวันที่ 19 Feb 2016 ณ Art Space at Sugar Club แล้วพบกันนะ :)Posted by TANY Thai Artists in New York on Tuesday, February 9, 2016
I came to New York in 2009 and have not returned to my country ever since. After I arrived, a slice of plain cheese pizza has been my food almost everyday because it was cheap, easy to find, and I don’t’ have a lot of money. Only a dollar would make me survive another meal, but I was unsatisfied. I already have had more than maybe a thousand slices of New York pizza. Food here in United States is delicious, but my brain still craves something, the taste that is stuck inside my head. What I miss the most is my mom’s recipes, Mom’s food on a little table in our old dining room.
I express my story on paper plates that serve pizza, the comfort and iconic food of New York City. Everyone uses paper plates and later composted them. Paper plates as the material in my work represent the state of “come and go”. Such temporality, that these plates may not be used again, is not unlike my status of living in the United States, which is just temporary.
I used a typewriter to create an artwork of my mom's dishes that I yearn for as an experiment to convey my story and permanent relationship with memories. Middle class, single mom with 3 kids for my family, Seafood is expensive; we barely had them at restaurant and reserved it only for special occasions. My mom preferred to get it from the fresh market. She would bring it home and cook for us herself. Every time that I have seafood, it reminds me of her. I put pizza seasoning and New York street hot dog seasoning as paint on these artworks the way I always do with my pizza and street hot dog, to let her know that I have her food in my own way, that it was my choosing to leave for the US.
Another technique that I used in my work, I drew and painted roosters and Thai flower on plate over my mom's typewritten food. The rooster and Thai flower designs is the most common print you would find on ceramic and tin plates in my home country, Thailand. We had a lot of these rooster and Thai flower plate at home and used it everyday. These prints remind me of her favorite recipes on our old, generic plates.
My art allowed me to express how missed to someone in my life in the way that most people who are migrant or away from their family accompany this felling of missing something in their live with me. Typewritten work allows me to pass on my story to others via words. Words are often mistaken and erroneous, but I struggle to conclude mistakes as right or wrong: They are momentary decisions in which one can often find beauty.
The "Get Lucky" series stems from observation that on every New Year occasion, we often make it a time to change ourselves for the better. But many times we tend to give up or become forgetful as the year goes by, leaving what we hoped to change unchanged.
This artwork series is intended to inspire those who wish to change themselves to question and introspect through a variety of work. It is an encouragement for living.
"Because our lives can get better only by ourselves."
I've been taking photographs ever since I was old enough to hold my parents' compact camera. That was the beginning of the end; since then I've never been very far away from a camera. Over the years, I've done a variety of work ranging from event to wedding photography.
Though I favor portraiture, I constantly seek new perspectives and draw inspiration from the concept that images can be captured anywhere at any time. What interests me most about portrait photography is the moment when I capture a fraction of time, a slice of people's life - the moment in which I am moved by someone.