Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Shell (Shocked) by Rattana Salee

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Art Exhibition: Shell (Shocked)
Artist: Rattana Salee
Dates: 23 October – 20 November, 2010
Venue: 3D@Thavibu

Thavibu Gallery will once again be staging an art exhibition, "SHELL
(SHOCKED)", by Thai emerging artist, Rattana Salee, from October 23 - November 2010 in Suite 307.

Thavibu Gallery is pleased to present the art exhibition Shell (Shocked) with new three-dimensional works by Rattana Salee. Marking her debut solo exhibition, the atmospheric sculptural installation comprises metal and plaster architectural structures that reflect the private and communal complexities of urban living.

Evidence of supposed progress, the Thai capital has become one vast construction site. The builder’s raucous rattle of drill and hammer shakes almost every street and soi in the city, while inhabitants seek mental and spiritual solace in the claustrophobic rectangular stacks they call home. Within such domestic confines occupants establish individual expressions as refuge, yet the world beyond continues to infiltrate.

Attempting a personal connection with the geographic, social, and psychological framework of the cityscape, Rattana’s haunting sculpted frames evoke the hundreds of decaying, incomplete towers that still pierce the capital’s skyline, residues of economic fallout from the 1997 financial crisis. Skeletons to human abandon, her lineal steel carcasses are also potent epitaphs to Bangkok’s recent street turmoil, which left burnt down buildings as disturbing reminders to the fragility of an expanding megalopolis.

Having participated in several domestic group exhibitions, 28-year-old Rattana is currently studying an MFA in Sculpture at Silpakorn Univeristy.

Shell (Shocked) is the sixth exhibition in the yearlong project, 3D@Thavibu, highlighting three-dimensional art in Suite 307 of Thavibu Gallery. Curated by Steven Pettifor, 3D@Thavibu presents a series of exhibitions featuring established and emergent Thai and international artists

Thavibu Gallery
The Silom Galleria, 3rd Floor
Suite 308, 919/1 Silom Road
Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Tel.: (662) 266-5454
Fax.: (662) 266-5455
Mob.: (6689) 812-8577
Email: heide@thavibu.com

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