curated by Dan Burman
Bridge was named for its proximity to nearby Saphan Taksin, but as the project evolved, the name took on fresh meaning and began to shape and inform our future vision for the venue. We see Bridge as much more than a building, encompassing a gallery, café and art studios. To us, Bridge is the physical manifestation of a global network of creators; a means to connect with an audience, a place of collaboration and a journey, not merely a destination.
We are inspired by this city of contrasts and its many talented, creative inhabitants, and we couldn't be more excited to play a role in the rapid growth of Bangkok’s independent arts scene. We look forward to helping to promote this growth and delivering beautiful, thought-provoking and transformative projects to a hungry audience.
For our grand opening group show, we are exhibiting on all four floors of our newly renovated space with original and site-specific works by a truly inspiring, multidisciplinary group of artists.The ground floor space will be enveloped by works from Soichiro Shimizu and Joe Delaney. Shimizu's grand, vivid and frenetic abstract paintings are a feast for the eyes, so rich in detail that they shimmer and mesmerize. His prolific output flows through myriad European, American and Japanese influences in a practice that is a balance between craft, intuition and contemplation. The dynamic synaesthesia of painter and drummer Delaney will form another kind of balance, taking up the other wall of the high-ceilinged entrance space. In his work, anarchic, chaotic dancing forms are moulded into rivers of rhythmic form and light.The second floor will house original works by Tom Meddings and Ryuhei Asano. Meddings’ illustrations combine the influences of contemporary Japanese manga and western sequential art with his own fantastical visions of Bangkok, uprooting and transposing the viewer into his other-world. Asano’s illustrative, graphic practice is an exercise in meditation and precision. His illustrations and paintings appear to grow organically from a central point to both consume and extend their media.The third floor will be a vessel for Pierre Béchon's Sunyzer, which will mix painting, performance, experimental ambient audio and sculptural methodology in a site- and time-specific investigation of rituals of sun- and money-worship, the sacred and the profane and the search for personal and artistic identity within a transitional space and a zeitgeist temporary by definition. Béchon will reveal to us his unique perspective on our space, as a crossroads between contradictions, in a work which will form the alpha stage of a semestrial celebration connecting ancestral Aztec traditions with the modern.The fourth floor will showcase works by Lee Anantawat and Tada Hengsapkul. The subject matter of Anantawat’s vibrant and psychedelic illustrations are a diverse spectrum, from the playful to the mundane, the macabre to the hysterical. Tada Hengsapkul's photographic and video explorations focus on sexuality, gender and the political leanings of everyday Thais: his friends, schoolmates, lovers and family members, allowing us a captivating glance into that which is considered taboo or heavily censored by the mainstream.