PanSuriya Art Post

Short Story – Kaung Htet
27 August 2014, 15:46
Filed under: art and ideas

kaunghtet_small`Art is subjective`, we usually say, and mean by that everyone is free to like or not an artwork, it doesn`t change its `objective value`. Still, one would also say that certain artworks may seem stronger, deeper and more striking than others; rarely, but it can happen, that many would agree about that for the same painting, although these opinions are mainly `subjective` ones. It is though difficult to define exactly why this or that particular piece is so outstanding: you don`t have to, but it can surely help understand better the work. Art needs time: spending a few minutes to look at it enables to `merge` in its surface…

Kaung Htet`s Colourscape is well reflecting the characteristic visual world of the painter`s recent works. Let it be watercolour or acrylic on canvas, one would usually recognize his diluted background playing nearly in all colours of the rainbow. And then comes the `tricky` part: it`s not always easy to differentiate the background from the foreground, as if usually they would become one entity throwing behind all the laws of perspective. But here is this sort of tension that emanates from the dynamic surface… Maybe it`s due to the strange contrast between the large, expressive brushstrokes, the `melting` stripes and the compact geometrical forms that discretely appear throughout the picture like small magic creatures. Interestingly, the whirling abstract forms, backed by the static layer of the black patterns are in disparity with the `emptiness` weighing on the right side of the picture. And look at that: could it be a tiny human figure sitting there? What is he (she?) staring at? The thin lines growing out behind the little human shape will reach up high to merge in the cloud of gestures. Slowly, the forest of forms becomes alive and soon seems to threaten our `hero`. However, the plain simplicity of that light blur turns the pulsating environment secure, soft and warm. Perhaps the blue bird in the upper left corner came with news of freedom, peace and happiness?

(Kaung Htet – Colourscape, acrylic on canvas, 24×24 inches)



Favourite pick – Htoo Aung Kyaw
27 August 2014, 15:36
Filed under: art and ideas

Htoo-Aung-Kyaw_No matter what the `Big Book` says, everyone has a (secret) `favourite pick` amongst other works. Sheryl Foo (21, Singapore), intern during June-July at Pansodan Gallery chose hers:

`This particular painting by Htoo Aung Kyaw is a beautiful, ephemeral piece that is at once powerful and delicate. What draws me to this painting is the strong, bold grid lines that divide the painting. Although these black and thick lines may segment the composition, the light blue swirls that cross these boundaries create a very strong tension between division and wholeness. The painting is also peppered with blocks of red and yellow squares, which add a warm atmosphere to the painting. The vermillion red Buddhist mural at the corner of the painting draws the eye immediately. Despite the chaos of contrasting bleeding blue swirls and the black dividing lines, this small mural on the right bottom corner anchors the painting, perhaps alluding to Buddhism as an anchor in today’s modern, chaotic world. The mural is an image of one of the many murals in Bagan’s pagodas. The contrast between the modern black lines and the historic religious mural is striking and seemingly divisive, yet the whole image works together to portray the conflict of humanity in the modern lifestyle. There is also a transient image of an Ogre from traditional Buddhist folklore, not outlined clearly, but rather nestled in the swirls of blue paint, which transcend the organized black grid. This perhaps alludes to the constant presence of evil in our daily lives, and perhaps is a reminder for us to be aware and conscious, and to practice mindful living. This is a painting that transcends reality’s entrapment of the embodiment of oil and canvas. The layers of contemplation in this painting are vast, you could get lost in it!`

New Arrivals – Pansuriya suggests
27 August 2014, 15:30
Filed under: art and ideas

Pansuriya Art Consultancy is a specialist service provider for art rentals and art investment. It issues for each Pansodan Art Post regular updates on new arrivals to Pansodan Gallery, outlining the original aspects of some works! Of course you are welcome to check out all the other new works every day at Pansodan Gallery from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or if you wish to sit down and enjoy art next to a coffee, ginger soda or mango smoothie, the right venue is Pansodan Scene with the same opening! Feel free to contact Pansuriya Art Consultancy ( if you need advice on collecting or wish to rent works to change the whole aspect of your office, home or restaurant!

EiKazaCho_Ei Kaza Cho – Crowd, acrylic on canvas, 18×18 inches

One of newest works of Ei Kaza Cho (born 1952) is a monochromatic portrayal of stylized human figures, mostly woman nudes: the vibrant crowd is however completed with a touch of irony turning the small, but powerful painting into special `eye candy` in any space! This dynamic painting would be right at home at any art lover’s house, or a design company’s office!



motorcycleEain Aye Kyaw – Motorcycle, acrylic on canvas, 36×48 inches

This new arrival by Eain Aye Kyaw (born 1981) is an amazing addition to any space with its bold colours strong brushwork, and sharp lights. The painter`s unique rendition of everyday scenes makes him one of the most appreciated artists of Pansodan – this work would sure add character to your office or café space!


Pansodan Embassy in Georgia!
27 August 2014, 15:09
Filed under: art and ideas, exhibit, music, performance

The One Caucasus Festival takes place these days, end of August 2014, far from Yangon. However, some of the inclusive, encouraging, creative spirit of Pansodan will be there.  This international festival will create an inspirational space for meetings of young people from nearby Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, but including artists from as far as Senegal, Jamaica, and Myanmar. The grass-roots project was started by culture activists and artists. Pansodan Gallery will be present as well, creating a special Myanmar atmosphere with cheroots, delicious tea, art and music. More on the project:,  

Pansodan Video-Journal
27 August 2014, 15:06
Filed under: art and ideas

The weekly Pansodan Journal, as you may know will soon change structure and become quarterly, continuing to bring news and articles about the cultural life. Meanwhile, the Pansodan Video-Journal`s first edition is also on its way, allowing all these information to become visual and audible. The video-journals will soon be visible several times a week! Stay tuned!

Open Music Festival – Launched on August 22, 2014
27 August 2014, 15:01
Filed under: music, performance

On Friday August 22nd 2014 the first edition of the Open Music Festival was organized at Pansodan Scene! The Open Music Festival, a new project of Pansodan, will publicize and support the talent and creativity of musicians, dancers, and other performers, encouraging them to step aside from copied music and show their own creativity. Until recently there have been few places for musicians to present their creations. The Open Music Festival is a TV programme for new and serious musicians, to fill the gap in opportunities to let a wider public hear their music. It creates a space for different trends, cultures, and a spot for international and local musicians to be in contact and share ideas. The Open Music Festival is for all in the music field. It will be broadcast over the whole country on the Democratic Voice of Burma. It will showcase musicians from small towns as well as the big cities. There is no discrimination on lines of traditional versus modern, west versus east, local versus international, ethnic minority versus majority, single performer versus group. Old generation, new generation, any form of music is welcome. We also invite music producers, critics, and scholars who wish to make presentations on different musical forms to bring their sensibilities to the Open Music Festival. Check out DVB`s TV programme for more!

Tuesday Snippets
27 August 2014, 14:54
Filed under: art conversation

tuesdaysnipptsEvery Tuesday evening Pansodan opens up its Gallery Space for a gathering, in which all sorts of people interested in the future of the country enjoy conversation and perhaps some beer until late at night. Guitars generally come out after midnight. Find out this time why Bilal (21, Yangon) came to Pansodan!

“I`m Burmese, but I was on an exchange to the States, so I spent some time there, and now I am studying in Turkey. I came back for the holidays… What draws me to Pansodan today again is the eclectic mix of people, from all walks of life! It’s pretty amazing every Tuesday, and beer is always good!”