On the face of it, a subject as weighty as kharma wouldn't take too well to caricature, but the exhibition currently underway at Bangkok's 100 Tonson Gallery, "Karma Police", successfully creates a multicoloured luminosity from this seemingly heavy theme.
Yuree Kensaku's inspiration is close to home. Literally. Earlier this year, the 33-year-old artist was swindled by a construction contractor - a debacle which left her both homeless and studio-less.
"Karma Police" has an air of tokidoki-ness - oh-so-cute characters - about it, which is hardly unexpected since Yuree is of Thai-Japanese extraction and she grew up watching cartoons like Dragon Ball and Doraemon. She's petite and has a rather demure appearance, not at all the wild-looking bohemian you'd expect the creator of all this pulsating artwork to be.
It's easy to dismiss all her neon rainbows, bouncy pigs and cartoonish canines as mere computer graphics because the colouration is so solid and the bold, striking works are so ultra-precise; it's as if the images on this massive canvas were all created by the Paintbucket function in Illustrator. But, no, all these cute creatures and wondrous knick-knacks you see in Yuree's paintings are comprised of multiple layers of acrylic paint laboriously applied by hand to canvas or fibreglass in order to achieve this superlatively unblemished look in many vibrant hues.
"Karma Police" is on display at 100 Tonson Gallery until Nov 3. Open Thurs-Sun 11am-7pm.
November 03, 2013 to November 03, 2013
- Open days
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
11:00 to 19:00
100 Tonson Gallery, 100 Soi Tonson, Ploenchit Rd., Wang Mai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
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