By Graham K. Rogers
Since the Bangkok Arts and Culture Center (BACC) was opened - against much opposition in some quarters - the Getty-lookalike has hosted many exhibitions and shows: international and local. I have also attended music performances there. It seems to be a favourite of students (high school and others). I find this encouraging. The center does a lot to promote interest in Art and one one of the massive external walls right now there is a mural by a well-known Bangkok street artist.
I sometimes drop in on my way home and find BACC an oasis from the rush of the city outside. I can be sure that every couple of weeks there is something new, but this week I was pleased to see that most of the area inside had been given over to an exhibition of works from students of Silapakorn University.
Most visible were the sculptures, in traditional, classical and avant-garde styles. I wandered round for an hour or two, taking photographs of exhibits that pleased me using the iPhone 7 Plus I had with me. Those I selected were cropped and (mildly) edited in Aperture on the Mac.
I started on the ground floor: enjoy. . .
I went down the stairs then, to an area which was displaying some more sculpture, but also some ceramics, textiles and paintings.
The upper floors also had some interesting displays making use of the utilitarian, industrial and mechanical as objects of Art.
I think that this (along with the tools - below) was my favorite
And to end, two fine photo collages much in the style of Hockney. . . .
The Bangkok Arts and Culture Center (BACC) is well worth a look for locals and tourists alike. I go in whenever I am in the area when I have time. I was pleased to see a large number of high school students at BACC while I was wandering around yesterday, most taking photographs too. As well as the exhibits, there is a BACC shop; and a number of retailers have outlets in the establishment: great for gifts. It is an easy walk from Siam Discovery Center, the Mahboonkrong mall, as well as from BTS National Stadium.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)