‘COUNTING’ Orawan Arunrak July 20 – August 25, 2019 Bangkok CityCity Gallery

Press Preview: Friday July 19, 2019, 13:00 – 17:00 hrs.

Please email info@bangkokcitycity.com for appointment in advance.

Opening Reception: Saturday July 20, 2019, 19:00 – 21:00 hrs.

© 2019 Orawan Arunrak / BANGKOK CITYCITY GALLERY

Journey of flowers,

Communication of flowers.

I greet the Vietnamese florist via flower. I can’t speak Vietnamese,

I can’t speak German.

She cant speak English.

From Flower Communication

BANGKOK CITYCITY GALLERY is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, COUNTING by Orawan Arunrak, an artist with an observant eye and a wayfarer who collects anecdotes from people of her day-to-day associations. Since 2016, her life has been shifting between Bangkok and Berlin, conversations and observations with city dwellers of a vicinity accumulated into multiple sketches.

An assemblage of stories implemented into drawing and writing, Arunrak’s first solo exhibition with the gallery invites audiences to count and assimilate a rhythmic pattern of her shifting life by walking through architectural elements as an index of inhabitation, a foundation of home.

For Arunrak, an off-site drawing potentially generates interesting conversations, and she has been employing this tactical process to produce her artwork. Unlike an arranged interview, an organic exchange between the artist and passersby offers more room, a drift to wider observation of the surroundings—in other words, a social illustration of city dwellers. Her artistic language maneuvers in the careful lines, mellow color, and soft words, constructs multiples trails of reading, and slowly morphs into a silhouette of her own body.

In COUNTING exhibition, the prefabricated concrete blocks are materials available in the space, the transitional space that stories await for people to find and collect. The accumulation of stories are kept within the piles of concrete from which places Arunrak spent time crafting her narratives. The act of counting is a meditation, a slow discovery—from the artist to audiences, from the footpath to the gallery.

Her artwork is like a communication between softness of drawing and roughness of concrete. It also resembles how kids often play and draw on the street.

A pedestrian walkway,

Treading, rolling on the road.

Turning an accelerator handle, a paintbrush moves. A canvas is stretched, carried on the shoulder.

Riding a motorbike and paints, earning a living on the street.
A footpath gallery is open, presenting images of monks, Kings, mountains, forests. “Footpath” is an adverse name; people commented, so it should be changed, “Mongkol” is a lucky name, this name is prosperous, Art for auspice, footpath artist, footpath gallery.

From The Footpath Gallery

COUNTING, a solo exhibition by Orawan Arunrak, will be at BANGKOK CITYCITY GALLERY (Sathorn Soi 1 – near MRT Lumpini station – parking at 123 Parking) from Saturday July 20 – August 25, 2019. The gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 13:00 – 19:00 hrs. For more information, please contact info@bangkokcitycity.com or +66830872725.

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