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READING PAINT 2012 READING PAINT 2012    View Invitation

Thursday, November 1, 2012  to  Monday, December 31, 2012

Gallery Soulflower will open with a show of 12 prominent Indian Contemporary Artists, each contributing works truly representative of their individual art, their inspirations, their desires and most importantly, a part of their soul. READING PAINT Humans around the world speak various languages, some very different to each other and some very similar.However, there is one language which everybody can understand and interpret, that is the language of paint. Every artist has a thought behind each stroke of paint that he puts down on paper. And each viewer has an interpretation completely his own of the artwork he sees. Art is one language that everyone can read, from a child to an adult, across cultures and language barriers.It is this uniqueness of paint that we are trying to celebrate in our show READING PAINT. We have artists from all over India, from Gujarat to Karnataka and from Kerala to Uttar Pradesh. This explains the varied styles, mediums and techniques you will get to see in this show. Some of the well known Indian Artists participating are: CHINTAN UPADHYAY,CHANDRA BHATTACHARJEE,SUNIL DAS,PARITOSH SEN,JAYASRI BURMAN,MURALI CHEEROTH, LAVANYA MANI,VARUNIKA SARAF, PRAJAKTA POTNIS PONMANY,AZIS T M, ZAKKIR HUSSAIN,BABU XAVIER. The exhibition continues FROM 1st Nov to 1st Dec, 2012. @102 Millenium Plaza, Off Andheri - Kurla Road, Sakinaka, Andheri (E), Mumbai - 400 072. Mob:9867667298
PAST LIVES PAST LIVES    View Invitation

Monday, November 2, 2009  to  Thursday, December 3, 2009


Recent Video and Photography by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Curated by Brian Curtin

Gallery Soulflower, Basement Level, Silom Galleria, Bangkok
2 September – 3 October 2009

Opening Reception and Book Launch:
Wednesday, 2 September, from 5.00pm
RSVP: Ms. Oui +662 630 0032

Gallery Soulflower is delighted to announce an exhibition of new works by the acclaimed filmmaker and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul. A book detailing Weerasethakul’s oeuvre and edited by the art critic and curator Brian Curtin will be launched on the opening night.

Past Lives showcases a selection of videos from Weerasethakul’s current Primitive Project with a series of related photographs. Themes of memory and space, reincarnation and transformation, and the supernatural permeate the extraordinary visual rhetoric of Weerasethakul’s images. Inspired by a book written by a monk about a man who could recall his previous lives, Past Lives offers a substantial insight into the artist’s current exploration of aspects of political and cultural history in Thailand. The videos and photographs in Past Lives are based in the Thai village of Nabua, one the places the Thai army occupied from the 1960s to the early 1980s in order to curb so-called communist insurgents. Nabua is also part of a district famed for its legend of the ‘widow ghost’, a spirit that steals the souls of men as they sleep. Weerasethakul re-imagines this rural terrain in terms of memory and myth and reveals a portrait of contemporary lives illuminated by the spirits of history.

The accompanying book includes interviews by Brian Curtin and the writer Lawrence Chua and a specially commissioned essay by the Berlin-based academic Arnika Fuhrmann.

Dreaming- In Public Dreaming- In Public    View Invitation

Friday, May 15, 2009  to  Monday, July 27, 2009

Curated by Brian Curtin

Sheba Chhachhi
Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook
Jakkai Siributr
Hema Upadhyay

Gallery Soulflower, Basement Level, Silom Galleria, Bangkok
15 May – 25 July 2009

Opening Reception and Book Launch:
Friday, 15 May, from 6.30pm
RSVP: Ms. Oui +6626300032

Her Excellency Latha Reddy, Indian Ambassador to Thailand will be The Chief Guest at the event
 the artists will be in attendance on the opening night.

ICONIC SHRINE chintan upadhyay ICONIC SHRINE chintan upadhyay    View Invitation

Monday, February 16, 2009  to  Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Chintan Upadhyay’s paintings and 3D works have a streamlined perfection that signifies mechanical reproduction. Colors can be garish and while his artworks often appear playful they nevertheless have disturbing undercurrents. The artist focuses on particular motifs, most recently the image of babies, and includes fragmented references to local Indian culture. The affect is typically one of a brash visual overload, like advertising imagery that makes explicit an otherwise implicit vulgarity.

Upadhyay is concerned with the nature of the designed: contemporary technologies of replication. The image of the baby or infant is an appropriate symbol. It can represent innocence and is understood as typifying the natural. In Upadhyay’s terms, both these states have become obsolete in our age of globalized values and because of a pervasive sense of the simulacral. In a word, we are divorced from the realm of the real or authentic. Upadhyay renders aspects of Rajasthani miniature paintings as tattoos on some of the figures he paints to suggest history and identity are markers that are consciously worn. That is, cultural and social understandings are claimed as not emerging inevitably or naturally.

Upadhyay’s art, however, is not one of a crisis of contemporary values. And he is certainly not concerned with nostalgia for more authentic times. Rather, and like much of the best of international contemporary art, his artworks serve a critical prompt about the world we live in.

As an artist Chintan has constantly challenged the established norms having developed his own language to communicate with his audience. These works are a further exploration of this language. The works are about a merging of tradition and modernity, having influences of Shekhawati wall paintings along modern day images. The preview opens on 16 February and will be inaugurated by eminent artist Laxman Shrestha.
The Ethics of Encounter:Contemporary Art from India and Thailand The Ethics of Encounter:Contemporary Art from India and Thailand    View Invitation

Saturday, August 16, 2008  to  Saturday, September 27, 2008

Ranbir Kaleka
Manjunath Kamath
Vidya Kamat
Chintan Upadhyay
Navin Rawanchaikul
Pinaree Sanpitak
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Sudsiri Pui-Ock
curated by Dr. Pandit Chanrochanakit and co-curated by Dr.Brian Curtin

Pandit Chanrochanakit is a lecturer in the Faculty of Political Science at Ramkhamhaeng University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and studied on the East-West Center’s International Cultural Studies Certificate Program. Pandit’s research focuses on contemporary Thai Art and the national imaginary. He has written Thai artist biographies for the Oxford University Press’s Grove Art online.

Brian Curtin is an Irish-born art writer and curator based in Bangkok. He lectures on the International Program in Design and Architecture (INDA) at Chulalongkorn University and is a regular contributor to magazines such as Art 4D, Contemporary, Flash Art and Frieze. Brian previously curated Here, There, Now: Contemporary Art from India and From Surface to Origin: Journeys Through Recent Art From India and Thailand for Gallery Soulflower.


Friday, March 14, 2008  to  Monday, April 14, 2008

Pinaree Sanpitak
Biju Joze
George Martin PJ
Nipan Oranniwesna
Be Takerng Pattanopas
Benitha Perciyal K
curated by Dr. Brian Curtin
HERE THERE NOW: New and recent work by artists from India HERE THERE NOW: New and recent work by artists from India    View Invitation

Friday, September 28, 2007  to  Saturday, November 3, 2007

ArunKumar HG
Tushar Joag
Vineet Kacker
Puspamala N
Justin Ponmany
Prajakta Potnis
Sharmila Samant
Gigi Scaria
Mithu Sen and Kumar Kanti Sen
Curated by Dr. Brian Curtin

Theming with Design SEUNG POK, CHOI Theming with Design SEUNG POK, CHOI    View Invitation

Monday, June 25, 2007  to  Friday, June 29, 2007

Reading Paint Reading Paint    View Invitation

Monday, April 9, 2007  to  Saturday, May 12, 2007


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