Cancel any plans to sleep before the end of the year, as there is a fat load of events going on. Sleeping is cheating, after all. And with Monday as another public holiday, Sunday night is another excuse to get amongst it, as the organisers are tipping.
Get your creativity on Sun (Dec 9) at the opening of exhibition Love is Life by artist Mongkol Sanla. Normally at the helm of the bar and decks at Bar 23 near Asok, Mongkol is also an adept painter who interprets the world around him through loving and glazed eyes. Exhibition is on at HOP Gallery (23/F, 252/8 Silom Road, between Sois 18-20) from 4pm with drinks, food and a DJ. Gate Crasher spoke to him before the show:
DESCRIBE THE IDEAS BEHIND YOUR NEW EXHIBITION.
Love is life, and people forget about this. We love so many material things - cars, MacBooks, drinks - but it's easy to love each other too. Life is love, not hate. People are inherently loving but lose sight of this. Sometimes we don't realise how much loving we do.
IS BANGKOK A GOOD PLACE FOR A YOUNG ARTIST?
It's relative to the individual artist. My work concerns people, human life, so a big city like Bangkok provides constant inspiration. Some artists get their inspiration by being alone in the jungle talking to trees. But if an artist wants to share work they need to return to a city like Bangkok.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS IN THAILAND?
Believe in yourself and your work no matter what. There is no wrong way or mistakes you can make when you create art. Work all the time, always be open to new thoughts and experiences. Don't just talk about being an artist, do it.
WHY SHOULD PEOPLE COME TO THE EXHIBITION?
To hopefully find some inspiration about life, love and a unique style of art. Look, talk, drink, enjoy a shared feeling... a feeling of love.
For some retro beats, try Viva Le Freak, presented by Disco Robot, tonight (Dec 7). It will feature a local DJ line-up, with entry at B200 (10pm-midnight) or B300 after. Venue is Viva & Aviv The River (River City, 23 Yotha Road, 02-639-6305).
More creative musings come on Sun (Dec 9) in the form of an Art Talk: Elmgreen & Dragset presented by Dudesweet, who have been busy this week. The event is an exciting development on the creative front of the city, positing multi-disciplinary artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset for discussion and questions about their internationally recognised works and installations. It's on at Chula University (Auditorium 329, Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, 254 Phaya Thai Road, 02-218-4302), from 3-5pm. Entry is free, but seats are limited. Talk will be in English with Thai translation.
To go big on Sun (Dec 9), try Superbeat. It follows the formula of Culture One a few weeks back - big shed, big DJ names, big ticket prices. Let's see if they can sell more tickets to this one. Headliners are Paul van Dyk and Eddie Halliwell with support from some local crews (who aren't at Big Mountain). Pre-sale tickets (ending today, Dec 7) are B1,250 for admission before 7pm (add B500 for arrival after 7pm), B1,600 for general or B2,200 for VIP. Tickets after today (Dec 8, onwards) are B2,000 general or B3,000 for VIP. Tickets are available from Thai Ticket Major and include a drink (three for VIPs). Venue is Bitec (88 Bang Na-Trat Road Km 1. 02-749-3939, www.bitec.co.th). Doors open at 6pm, but things won't fire before midnight.
Also on Sun (Dec 9), will see Fool's Gold featuring A-Trak and Dillon Francis take to the decks after being rescheduled from last night (Dec 6). Purchased tickets are valid for entry or refund. Venue is unchanged from Bed (26 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 02-651-3537, www.bedsupperclub.com), with a 9pm start and peak after midnight.
For more creative action, try the opening of photo exhibition Atypical Love by Cattleya Jaruthavee at 6:30pm on Thu (Dec 13) at treasured garden and creative space RMA Institute (238 Sai Nam Thip Soi 2, Sukhumvit Soi 22. 02-663-0809, www.rmainstitute.net).
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- Writer: Richard Mcleish