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.
Filed under: exhibit | Tags: A Flower Wants Just to Bloom, Art, စန်းဇော်ထွေး, burma, burmese, collage, myanmar, pansodan gallery, prison, prison art, recycled, recycled art, San Zaw Htway, San Zaw Htwe
On 13 January 2012, when a major amnesty was announced, San Zaw Htway was in prison near Taunggyi, working on a portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi executed in the crimped edges of Coffeemix packets on a black plastic bag. He did not know whether he would be included in the amnesty or not, so kept working on the picture late into the night. The next day he was freed.
Among the things he left behind was a large picture of tulips, hung in the prison library. It is one of many pictures he made out of scraps of card, bags, and plastic scavenged from family parcels. He took boxes which had come into the prison full of treats brought by families of prisoners, smoothed them out, covered them in cut-up bags, and then snipped sweet wrappers, powdered-drink packets, labels of every kind. San Zaw Htway had started making these pictures in 2006, when such work was sometimes tolerated, but not officially allowed. Some early ones were lost, but he comforted himself with the knowledge that he had to skill in his mind and hands to make more.
San Zaw Htway had been a cloth merchant before his arrest at the age of 24. Years later, in 2006, he heard about an artist, Htein Lin, who had exhibited paintings made from recycled materials when he was released from prison. At that time, in San Zaw Htway’s prison, they could not get brushes, paints, canvas, or even paper. But the word ‘recycle’ stuck in his mind. Then he noticed the colourful plastics which sometimes blew about the prison grounds, and began to collect them.
The first picture he made was a replica of a well-known photograph of Bogyoke Aung San. San Zaw Htway felt strengthened by the presence of the leader’s gaze in his cell. As he composed the pictures in his mind, and worked on collecting and arranging the materials, the annoyances and sadnesses of prison life receded.
He cleverly used the materials at hand. Translucent white pagodas glimmer in the moonlight on the night of a black plastic bag. Trunks of palms are given texture from the portions of coffeemix bags which feature coffee beans. Little tulips are cut from the crinkly heat seals and scalloped edges of wrappers. In his pictures of flowers, each blossom has many different colours.
‘Flowers want just to bloom; they don’t expect anything more from it’, he says. ‘And no flower fails to bloom just because it is afraid to fade and fall.’
By the time San Zaw Htway was released, his pictures were known and appreciated in the prison. He was allowed to take out his remaining work upon his release. When he arrived home, he continued to make pictures from cuttings, but he was no longer retricted to the scale of flattened cake boxes. He has made large pictures of peacocks using the same techniques, which will be for sale at Pansodan Art Gallery in October, as well as works on canvas. The pictures he made in prison are not for sale; he plans to take them on tour as part of a larger project. “I could never recapture the mood that is in those pictures,” he said. “Not even if I went back to prison. The prisons now are not the same as then.”
23 – 27 October 2012
286 Pansodan, first floor (upper block)
Kyauktada, Yangon. Mobile: 0951 30846
Open daily 10 – 6.
 In this country where some of the best tea in the world is produced, most people do not care much about the quality of coffee, and favour packets of pre-mixed instant coffee, sugar, and coffee whitener.
Filed under: exhibit | Tags: architecture, buildings, burma, cambodia, david richards, heritage, pansodan gallery, Yangon
David Richards started this project painting archtectural heritage in South-east Asia several years ago in Cambodia for an exhibition which celebrated the architectural heritage of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The success of that show gave him the interest in continuing in other countries. Although the buildings of the colonial period are fast being pulled down in Yangon, there is at least some effort to save it, where in the other countries there is little interest in the well-designed, lovely, and practical old buildings. While it is not at all sure that the atmosphere of the neighbourhoods where they remain will be rescued, at least there is some hope and interest. The architecture is an integral part of the urban landscape, and it is important to save it from destruction.
“Usually it is a building’s look of having been around for a long time that attracts me at first. I hope to raise the awareness of the value of these buildings, so it will spread through the society, and help preserve them. I focus on the buildings that look like they are being neglected.” The first one that he was attracted to in April was the Secretariat, which had broken windows, loose roofing, and so many different aspects from different angles. He sought out a photograph of the building before the earthquake of 1931, and painted it with the dome and spires that had been removed because of quake damage.
Richards appreciates buildings with human touch. “Modern buildings are all sharp and angular and box-like. The old ones are more like curved shapes you find in nature.” One aspect of Yangon he particularly appreciates is the varied backgrounds of the buildings. Along with buildings designed by Burmans and British, which you would expect to find, there is Islamic architecture, Indian-style design, Chinese buildings.
I am hoping that when people look at these paintings, I think they will first notice the beauty of it. But I hope it will inspire them to get involved in keeping these buildings in use. Maybe others will be inspired to do entirely different projects, depending on what their interest is, but I hope it will lead to good results in any field.
Read more about him here.
The exhibition runs from 16-20 October, at Pansodan Gallery, open from 10-6 daily.
286 Pansodan, first floor (upper block)
Mobile: 0951 30846
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We hung this show yesterday, so come and see it today through the 13th. We are open late tonight — by late I mean past midnight.
286 Pansodan, first floor (upper block)
Filed under: exhibit | Tags: ba lon lay, burmese art, burmese painter, ko lay, myanmar art, myanmar painter, ngwe gaing, San Pe
Human beings have looked much the same to the naked eye for a hundred thousand years, underneath the grooming and fashions. But over the course of a few decades, their representations have changed strikingly even in realistic portrayals. Muse on the meaning of evolution of Myanmar images of women in the last hundred years at this exhibition, which features portraits, illustrations, book covers, advertisements, everything we could find with interesting images of women painted by artists in Myanmar. Exhibition from 31 July – 6 August 2012; Pansodan Art Gallery is open daily from 10 – 6.
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From 10–14 July 2012, Pansodan, Nawaday Alley, Culture Bridge, Myanmar Ink, and Dagaung Galleries are featuring performance, poetry, readings, and other events, with the support of the Union of Poets, Union of Writers, and the Independent Myanmar Artists Alliance. Most events will take place from 1-3pm in the respective galleries. The theme will be what everyone longs for — peace.
Filed under: exhibit | Tags: စိုးနိုင်, ပန်းဆိုးတန်း, British Council, Delia Maria Davila, Images of conflict, impressions of peace, pansodan, Pansodan Art Gallery, soe naing, Yangon
Images of Conflict, Impressions of Peace, a collaboration of Pansodan with the British Council, begins today at the British Council in Yangon. [Results are now online.]
The new stakes in Myanmar in 2012 bring new opportunities, and the changing context calls for a multifaceted approach to understanding conflict and creating a platform for peace. The peace processes in Myanmar have become a public issue. Thus the entire citizenry should be included in building a just and sustainable peace. Creating peace should not be the rôle of the élite alone; any thoughtful person can explore ways to approach conflict and violence, and create initiatives for peace.
Pansodan Art Gallery is participating by initiating a project which seeks to assist in understanding conflict and developing cultural approaches to peace, and to create culturally appropriate interventions and strategies. We are very happy to welcome Guatemalan artist and activist Delia Maria Davila is bringing her experience to Burma for this time, which has turned into an even more conflict-filled time than anticipated when the programme was conceived.
Visual arts can be a powerful vehicle for dialogue on and transmission of personal experiences and stories, while also creating an open space for interaction for communities to freely interact and express their concerns and experiences, especially in fragile situations Myanmar is now facing. Art makes experience visible.
Sound too abstract? Stop by Pansodan Art Gallery to join the conversation.
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Ever since we saw Eain Aye Kyaw’s Rakhine Pagoda painting with its incredible sky, we wanted to do a whole exhibit just for him. Now here it is. May 8 – 12, for the usual hours, 10-6.
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Opening on 14 February is the exhibition of Zwe Yan Naing’s paintings.
Art အပေါ် ခံယူချက် . . . . . ?
ရသ တမျိုးမျိုးကို ဖော်ဆောင်မယ်
ရသ တမျိုးမျိုးကို ခံစားမယ်
ခံစားသုံးသပ်မှုတိုင်းဟာ art ဖြစ်နေမှာပါ။
My beliefs about art?
It is to reveal many different sensations,
To bring out many different feelings,
Whatever they are
Every feeling is art.
Filed under: exhibit | Tags: BETA Version, capism, Caspar Johansson, lunar eclipse, Pansodan rooftop, Swedish Art
Were you watching the sky the night of 10 December? If so, you noticed that the moon left the sky for a while. She had seen that something extraordinary was happening on a rooftop on Pansodan Street, and came down to listen to a rare unplugged Side Effect performance, and to find out what this BETA Version of CAPism was. She was impressed.
10-17 December, Daily 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Now inside the gallery, on the 1st Floor, 286 Pansodan Street,
Kyauktada Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Filed under: exhibit | Tags: 5ide 3ffect, cap, capism, casper johansson, side effect
The next exhibition, of Capist art, will start on the roof. Come all the way up the stairs on 10 December starting from 16:00, for the usual delicious food, and music by Side Effect. That night the paintings move back downstairs, and will be on display until 17 December at 18:00.
Cap says about these paintings:
With trivial manipulations I want to challenge understandings, presumptions and aspirations. By deconstructing everyday images, re-defining the information and reconstructing it back to its original form, perceptions begin conflicting and semiotic distortions transmit reverberations of the society we have come to know.
The result is an illustrated debate; it is about realizing dreams and accomplishing the impossible, open source in a reachable distance. It is about struggle, coexistence and being painfully average – perpetual BETA versions.