Tuesday, January 29, 2013

AsiaLife: Bangkok Artist Gets Night Vision in Phnom Penh

 "Blue Ladyboy" - Chris Coles
Night Vision, a show presenting about 30 of Bangkok-based artist Chris Coles expressionist-style paintings from the Bangkok Night, will open at Meta House in Phnom Penh on Feb. 22.

Coles will also be giving an illustrated talk at the Opening titled, “German Expressionism and the Noir Vision in Southeast Asia”, discussing his paintings in the context of the Noir movement taking place among various writers, artists, musicians and filmmakers who are working in Southeast Asia.

The Phnom Penh-based music group KROM, featuring vocalists Sophea Chamroeun and Sopheak Chamroeun, accompanied by composer/musician, Christopher Minko, will be performing at the Opening. Chris Coles paintings will be on exhibition at Meta House through mid-March.

The paintings presented will include scenes from the Bangkok Night as well as portraits of people in the Bangkok Night, conveying Chris’ noir but poignant vision of an off-kilter and out-of-sorts world of night-workers and night-consumers interacting on the vast and alienated stage of the Bangkok Night, full of bright lights and colorful neon, illusion and desire.

Meta House
37 Sothearos Blvd.
Phnom Penh

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