Artists: Dr. Rachaporn Choochuey & all(zone), Dr. Apiradee Kasemsuk and Dr. Nattinee Karnchanaporn, Assist.Prof. Songwit Pimpakun, Kornkrit Jianpinidnan, Chakkrit Chimnok and Pattree Chimnok, Disorn Duangdao, Pratchaya Phinthong, Pitt Martliam, Worathep Akkabootara, Montree Moungkun, Sudsiri Pui-Ok, Sitthikorn Khawsa-ad, Sutthirat Supaparinya, Santiphap Inkong-ngam, Adisak Phupa and Imhathai Suwatthanasilp

Curator: Yuwadee Srihuayyod

The exhibition Art on Farm: a diary from the Isan plateau is a collective exhibition of work from the Art on Farm projects from 2009 – 2011. The Art on Farm projects at the Jim Thompson Farm began with the collaboration of the Jim Thompson Art Center and the Jim Thompson Farm. We invited artists to produce works in the context of Eco Agriculture and North Eastern style architecture, giving the artists the opportunity to interrelate between art and the environment, including the raising of silk worms, agriculture, culture and architecture within the context of the North-East, with the aim of connecting art, life and nature.

The artists were encouraged to work with nature, local artifacts and recycled materials, they were inspired by being on the farm, in the factory and by learning about how silk worms were raised, drawing silk thread, weaving and dyeing, together with observing the daily life of the Jim Thompson employees. The artists were not only inspired by the stories and context of the farm but also by the communities around them such as their history, myths and legends, the landscape and customs, even the food and meals. How the way of life has changed from the past to present also resulted in all the artworks reflecting and transmitting this culture. Each year the artworks were displayed around the farm as part of the Jim Thompson Farm Tour.

The Jim Thompson Art Center, realising the importance of expanding this knowledge through art, from rural communities to urban society, has decided to show these works once again but in a different space and context. We want to create a new dimension for the viewers to see the changing relationship between the viewers and the artwork and between the work and changed space. Resulting in Art on Farm: a diary from the Isan plateau.

The Exhibition Art on Farm: a diary from the Isan plateau features 17 artworks by 19 artists under these subjects: way of life, history, customs and folk wisdom.

Artists explored the relationship of the North Eastern way of life and their present life style, which is constantly changing. The remembrance of the familiar such as cooking meals or switching on the radio or TV is a connection for them, like returning home.
Featuring Installation by Dr. Apiradee Kasemsuk and Dr. Nattinee Karnchanaporn, Pitt Martliam, Sutthirat Supaparinya, Pratchaya Phinthong and Worathep Akkabootara.

Story telling is like evidence of the past, showing the way of life, customs and the past history of the people, it is also used as a hidden teaching of past beliefs. The artists tell of the local history from a new perspective through letters, photos and moving images. Video and Sound Installation by Assist. Prof. Songwit Pimpakun, Photography and Book by Kornkrit Jianpinidnan and Video Art by Santiphap Inkong-ngam.

The continuing customs of the Isan people such as the Rocket Festival and Boon Pra Vej Festival are aimed at bringing happiness, abundance and prosperity with the underlying condition of respect for nature and religion and with the hidden objective of bringing about unity within the community. Presented by an Installation by Adisak Phupa and Painting by Montree Moungkun.

The artists adapted recycled materials from the weaving factory and the farm, playing with the physical nature of the material and with the combination of folk wisdom, create a new perception of nature. Featuring Installation by Chakkrit Chimnok and Pattree Chimnok, Sitthikorn Khawsa-ad, Assist.Prof. Dr. Rachaporn Choochuey & all(zone), Disorn Duangdao, Sudsiri Pui-Ok and Sculpture by Imhathai Suwatthanasilp.

About the participating artists:

Dr. Rachaporn Choochuey was born in Bangkok. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, Columbia University, New York and Tokyo University. She is interested in contemporary Asian folk architecture. She is currently teaching at the Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University and she is one of the founders of all(zone)

all (zone) is a group of designers who believe in joining together with experts from several fields internationally. They are excited about the never-ending changes in Bangkok, designing how and where we live now. They are interested in solving problems using clever homegrown wisdom and trying to learn from it, in order to bring about an environment in which we can all live together in this world.

Dr. Nattinee Karnchanaporn is currently a Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi and Prof. Dr. Apiradee Kasemsuk is a Professor at the Faculty of Architecture at Silapakorn University, both are still working as architects and are founders of SPEAK, a design company that emphasizes research and experimentation in design. They have been curators at several exhibitions including the Thai Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2010.

Assist.Prof. Songwit Pimpakun was born in 1970 in Ubon Ratchathani. He received his M.A. from the Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University. He is currently teaching at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Khon Kaen University.

Kornkrit Jianpinidnan graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University. He works as a photographer, both artistically and commercially, he currently lives and works in Bangkok

Chakkrit Chimnok was born in 1978 in Chaiyaphum and is currently living in Chiang Mai. He received his M.A. from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University. Chakkrit is constantly creating artworks in various forms such as drawing, sculpture, photography, video works and performance art.

Pattree Chimnok was born in 1968. She graduated from Chiang Mai University with a B.A. in Graphic Arts and is currently studying for an M.A. in Visual Art at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University. She lives and works in Chiang Mai and in 2005 Pattree exhibited her solo photo exhibition at the “Nokia View Project 2” Playground Gallery and at several group exhibitions showing her video art and photography.

Disorn Duangdao graduated from the Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University. Disorn is interested in the context of space and its relationship to humans within their present surroundings. He is currently working and living in Bangkok.

Pratchaya Phinthong was born and raised in an Isan scholar’s family he graduated from the Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University and received his M.A. in Fine Arts from Städelschule Frankfurt, Germany. His work has been shown internationally and Pratchaya has been an artist-in-residence both locally and abroad.

Pitt Martliam was born in Nakhon Ratchasima. He uses abandoned materials or “junk” to create artwork by not changing its origin of the physical but creating new ways of perceiving it by adding new value. He is presently working as a Product Designer for Ohmpiang Studio.

Worathep Akkabootara graduated from the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University. He works as a writer and artist. He is currently living in Bangkok.

Montree Moungkun was born in 1982 in Khon Kaen He received his M.A. in Thai Art from the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University. He is currently a specialist at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Khon Kaen University.

Sudsiri Pui-Ok graduated in Graphic Arts from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University and received an M.A. from the Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University. She participated in an artist-in-residence at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Her work has been shown locally and internationally.

Sitthikorn Khawsa-ad was born in 1986 in Roi Et he graduated from the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts in Sculpture from Mahasarakham University, he won a silver medal for his work at a Young Artists competition in 2010. He is currently an independent artist living and working in Roi Et and Mahasarakam.

Sutthirat Supaparinya is currently living and working in Chiang Mai, she graduated in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University and has a Postgraduate degree in Media Arts from Hochschule Fuer Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Germany. She continues to produce visual artwork and documentary video.

Santiphap Inkong-ngam was born into a Tai-Yong family in Lamphun. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University. Santiphap is a self taught film maker, apart from making films, he has also been active in the educational and cultural fields partaking in several projects.

Adisak Phupa was born in 1978 in Yasothorn he graduated with an MA in Graphic Arts from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University. He currently holds a teaching position at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts Mahasarakham University teaching Graphic Arts.

Imhathai Suwatthanasilp graduated with a B.A. and M.A. from the Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University. She is currently teaching at the Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University.

This exhibition is made possible with the support of The James H.W. Thompson Foundation and the Jim Thompson Farm.

For more information and any detail please contact
The Jim Thompson Art Center
Tel: 02 612 6741
Mobile: 080 117 8911
Fax: 02 219 2911
E-mail: pr_artcenter@jimthompsonhouse.com

Special Events and Educational Programs:
Art on Farm: a diary from the Isan plateau

Topic: Art on Farm: a diary from the Isan plateau
Speaker: Yuwadee Srihuayyod and participating artists
Date: 30 March 2012
Time: 15.00-15.40 hrs.
Venue: Exhibition Room
Activity Fee: Free of charge

Curator, Yuwadee Srihuayyod will introduce the Exhibition with the participating artists

Workshop: Tying and Knotting a Carpet
Speaker: Imhathai Suwatthanasilp
Date: 21 April 2012
Time: 14:00 – 17:00 hrs.
Venue: Exhibition Room
Limited to 40 persons
Activity Fee: 100 Baht

Have fun tying and knotting silk remnants from the Jim Thompson factory into colourful floral carpets.

Topic: The Evolution of North Eastern (contemporary) Art – Direct or Inverse Shift?
Speaker: Assist.Prof. Songwit Pimpakun and Prof. Chokchai Tukpoe
Moderator: Worathep Akkabootara
Date: 28 April 2012
Time: 14:00 – 17:00 hrs.
Venue: Exhibition Room
Activity Fee: Free of charge

Are development, change and popular culture influencing Isan (contemporary) art or is it still adhering to its original form? The future direction of Isan art will be discussed.

Workshop: Mahote Garland – a paper cutting decoration
Speaker: Assist.Prof. Dr. Rachaporn Choochuey
Date: 19 May 2012
Time: 14:00 – 17:00 hrs.
Venue: Exhibition Room
Limited to 40 persons
Activity Fee: 100 Baht

Learn a new way to cut out Mahote Garland * similar to the traditional form.
*Mahote Garlands hang together with flags in merit making ceremonies and traditional festivals and are sometimes seen in rural areas. They are made from colourful kite paper.

Topic: Exhibiting Artwork - An Open Field or a White Cube
Speaker: Dr. Thasnai Sethaseree, Thanom Chapakdi and Pattarawadee Pattaranavik
Moderator: Gridthiya Gaweewong
Date: 26 May 2012
Time: 14:00 – 17:00 hrs.
Venue: Exhibition Room
Activity Fee: Free of charge

How artists deal with the space when it becomes one of the conditions of creating an artwork. Does the context remain or lessen. To what extent does the natural space or the gallery space help awaken audience’s perception?

Topic: Raising, Deconstructing and Reconstructing Isan Houses - Preserving Isan Architecture
Speaker: Prof. Phahonchai Pramejai
Date: 2 June 2012
Time: 14:00 – 17:00 hrs.
Venue: Exhibition Room
Activity Fee: Free of charge

The Speaker Prof. Phahonchai Pramejai will talk about the process of preserving Isan houses within the Isan village at the Jim Thompson Farm.

Topic: From Pak Thong Chai to Zambia
Speaker: Pratchaya Phinthong
Date: 23 June 2012
Time: 14:00 – 17:00 hrs.
Venue: Exhibition Room
Activity Fee: Free of charge

Pratchaya will talk about his artistic practices and present his latest work in progress, which is centred around ecological systems and symptoms in the heart of Zambia. Most of his works deal with the economy and transnationalism.

For more information and any detail please contact
The Jim Thompson Art Center
Tel: 02 612 6741
Mobile: 080 117 8911
Fax: 02 219 2911
E-mail: pr_artcenter@jimthompsonhouse.com