Filed under: exhibit | Tags: candacee white, gallery, pansodan, solo show, Yangon
“I decide whether I want it to be
smooth, fluid, sharp.
But it creates itself,
I’m just along to help out.”
Candacee White is about to have her first independent exhibition, at Pansodan Art Gallery. Candacee began to think of herself as an artist when she began painting abstracts — it was in discovering how an image or idea could remain meaningful and intense while being greatly abstracted that she gained the insight. She has been influenced by Brice Marden, among others. She explains, “I often stare at one line for a long time before I put down the next one, considering how it will relate the past and future lines, how close to the edge of the canvas, and so on. I like to let the line change, to get light, dark, thicker, thinner, which appears more natural.”
She tries to keep her lines alive, vibrant. “The line alone is beautiful and compelling, but I can never resist seeing the change that happens when I fill in the spaces.”
She aims to give a sense of disorder at the same time. “I seek control over the composition, even the small spaces. I enjoy repetitious detail — the painting begs for it, balancing out with the less ordered parts.”
She believes (along with Robert Rauschenberg) that all the possibilities are and limitations are within the materials themselves. “I like to try similar images on different materials, paper, cardboard, tile, canvas, with pastels, inks, paints, etc.” Once she did not have any canvas or paper at home, but had an old box which she started drawing on. She often creates pairs of warm and cool works, or larger groups with varied media.
A number of particularly unusual and lively pieces are made with stickers. This is the first time Candacee has worked with stickers. The original intention was to cut out shapes like faces, words, designs. She in fact did this before discovering that the remnants were much more interesting than the images she had cut out. Most of the deliberate images are now gathering dust, while the scraps have been composed on long strips of paper, much more beautiful and intriguing than what she had first intended to make. The mind continually plays with the shapes and colours, shifting between the overall balance, the whitespace, the coloured shapes, and one’s own imagination.
All of Candacee’s works bring in the viewer as a participant in her art. The balance and order has to be created between the observer and the picture as well,
and the pictures take a while to settle into place in the mind. As the eyes wander around the new bit of landscape she has made for them, exploratory impulses arise.
We will indulge these impulses at the gallery with a supply of stickers and scissors, and the walls of our staircase. Come and leave your mark, balancing or imbalancing. Candacee White’s exhibition will run from 29 March to 3 April at Pansodan Art Gallery, from 10:00 – 6:00; the pictures will be up all day on Friday, 29 March, and a reception will begin at 6pm. On that evening we also have a jam session with US bluegrass band Horseshoe Road on the roof, starting at 5:30. Bring your instrument or voice, or just your ears.
On Tuesday 2 April, we will be open very late.
Bagyi Aung Soe has been called the country’s most wayward painter.
While there is ongoing competition for that title, he may still be the top. His influence is still felt strongly today. In this exhibition, we have some of his original works, portraits of him, paintings in homage to him, and others showing his legacy.
From 22-25 March 2013 at Pansodan Art Gallery, 286 Pansodan, first floor (upper block) Kyauktada, Yangon.
Highly original, fond of mixing text in his paintings, controversial in his day but recognised by later generations. A short exhibition of a long legacy.
Wondering what to do on World Poetry Day? Well, you probably want to reserve some time to read or write verse, but on 21–23 March 2013 we will have poetry events at our new space, 144 Pansodan, provisionally called the Tropic of Pansodan. The programme runs from ten to noon every day, leaving your afternoons free for independent poetic activities. It will be entirely in Burmese, but true poets will understand any language. See below for details.
ကဗျာရေးသူများ၊ ကဗျာဖတ်သူများ၊ ကဗျာကို ချစ်မြတ်နိုးသူအားလုံး တစ်နှစ်တစ်ခါ ဆုံဆည်ရာ ကမ္ဘာ့ကဗျာနေ့ အခါသမယကို ၂၀၁၃ ခုနှစ်အတွက် မတ် ၂၁မှ မတ် ၂၃ ရက်အထိ၊ နံနက်တိုင်း ၁၀နာရီက ၁၂နာရီအထိ၊ ပန်းဆိုးတန်း ပန်းချီပြခန်း ခန်းသစ်မှာ မြန်မာနိုင်ငံကဗျာဆရာများသမဂ္ဂက ကျင်းပပါမယ်။ 144 ပန်းဆိုးတန်းအလယ်ဘလောက်၊ ဒုတိယထပ်။
၂၁ မတ် ။ ။ နံရံကပ်ကဗျာ အင်စတော်လေးရှင်း
သစ္စာနီ၊ ငြိဏ်းဝေ၊ မင်းထက်မောင်
၂၂ မတ် ။ ။ ယနေ့ မြန်မာကဗျာတအုပ် ထုတ်ဝေရေး။
၂၃ မတ် ။ ။ နှောင်းကဗျာစာဆိုများအမှတ်တရ ကဗျာဖတ်ပွဲ
သခင်ကိုယ်တော်မှိုင်း၊ ဇော်ဂျီ၊ မင်းသုဝဏ်၊ ငွေတာရီ၊ နုယဉ်၊ ဒေါင်းနွယ်ဆွေ၊ မောင်လေးအောင်၊ တင်မိုး၊ ကြည်အောင်၊ ညွန့်ကြူး၊ မောင်ချောနွယ်၊ ဖော်ဝေး၊ မြေချစ်သူ၊ မောင်လူမိန်၊ ဇော် (ပျဉ်းမနား)၊ မောင်ခိုင်မာ၊ လှသန်း
Filed under: art conversation, exhibit | Tags: artist, burma, burmese, myanmar, painter, painting, pansodan, Pansodan Art Gallery, thu rein m, thu rein sann, thu rein.ms, Thurein M, Yangon
In this exhibition, Thu Rein is showing off two series of paintings — some are a straightforward and lovely realism, some are a fresh take which gives an impression of cubism while in fact maintaining a realist approach.
The painter Thu Rein (who sometimes signs himself Thu Rein.M, sometimes Thu Rein Sann, sometimes Thu Rein.MS) began a self-portrait, reflected in the mirror-mosaic of a pagoda wall, seven years ago (see image below). It took him many visits to pagodas, looking at mirrored tiles until he was dizzy before he got the colours, images, shapes and impression he was looking for.
This was the beginning of a series of images shown in the fragments silvery tiles which adorn many pagoda walls. In News Hunter (centre painting in this blog’s header) he depicts parts of a face reflected in a pattern of mirrors, with a camera at the centre, half-hidden behind green leaves, and with the gilded embellishments and other elements of a monastery all around and overlapping the hunter.
He travelled around the country, to Magway, Minbu, Pyinmana and many other places, where he painted whatever caught his eye reflected in the mirrored surfaces. In the painting of the brass Buddha image from Pyinmana, little other than the sheen and colour is reflected. In another, titled Two Friends (see image below), hardly any of the faces of the friends shows, subsumed by the reflections of gold, brass, and the colours of their shirts. The Faceless is another of this series, in which a fragmented person with hints of hair and hand is outdone by his surroundings.
The other series is of the twilight over the Bazundaung River, which shapes and divides the eastern side of Yangon. Views of the city from Thaketa and Thingangyun neighbourhoods, or from Bazundaung itself show the rich colours of dusk. He became entranced by the colours of the sunsets, the fiery sky reflected in the water. Many of the paintings are anchored by the Shwe Dagon, which from that side soars above the town. Another is painting in a bit of North Okkalappa, along the same waterway. In this one, the pagoda popularly called ‘Yangon Thabyinnyu’ and the bank of the river with modest huts make the scene look like a little piece of Bagan, but with a hulk of a building on the horizon where the hills might be in the ancient capital.
A few plein air pictures with other themes round out the exhibition which will be showing until 13 March 2013, at Pansodan Art Gallery, from 10-6 (open until late on Tuesday).
Interview with Nance Cunningham in Pansodan Art Gallery, 11 March 2013
Filed under: exhibit | Tags: afternoon, Bazundaung, riverside, thu rein m, Thurein M
Have you noticed some amazing sunsets these days? Thu Rein.M has caught the upside of the thick air — gorgeous colours in riverside Yangon. Come see until 13 March 2013.
Filed under: exhibit | Tags: Art, bagi aung soe, bagyi aung soe, burmese, myanmar, painting, pangyi aung soe, pansodan, Yangon
Bagyi Aung Soe blew the Burmese art world’s mind open with the freedom of his mind. An exhibition honouring his work starts in the expanded Pansodan space, near Maha Bandoola. The staircase just north of Maha Bandoola on Pansodan, second floor.
Filed under: exhibit | Tags: Ali Drummond, documentary, Henry Kingsford, James Holman, pansodan, Pansodan Art Gallery, skateboarders of yangon, Yangon, youth of yangon
Pansodan Gallery has been bursting at the seams for some time. We are going to add a new room — a block and a half down Pansodan, toward the river, on the east side of the street (just like Pansodan Original).
The first exhibition in that space opens to the public today. There are photographic portraits by Henry Kingsford, plus a documentary short directed by James Holman, screening at seven thirty each evening. A new view of the city we love.
The aim of this event is to shine a light on the Burmese skateboarding community, highlighting how despite not being supported by anyone the Burmese skateboarders continue to try and skate together and be a creative community in Yangon. This overcoming of adversity is ever more poignant with the demolition of Thuwanna skate last year (which had been the centre and place of refuge for the skaters for the last 15 years) and more recently the complete abandonment of the City Center skatepark by the current manager of the shopping mall next to the the skatepark, and who—until recently—was responsible for both the mall and the skatepark.
We do not have a sign up yet at the new place, but you can find it by looking. It is at N° 144, on the second floor, up the staircase nearest Maha Bandoola. Look for the large poster competing with many smaller ones. The venue opens at five in the evening; “Youth of Yangon” documentary screening daily at half past seven. Closing at eight. The site is Pansodan Street, middle block, up the staircase nearest Maha Bandoola. It is on the second floor.
We will be renovating the space soon, but for now it is pretty much as it was in 1969, just a little worn but full of possibility.