Hands On Art
V64 Gallery & Studio
One of many curiosities to emerge from the beating heart of Bangkok’s famed Chatuchak Market is the V64 Art Gallery & Studio, founded by a group of 70 collaborating artists from the market’s artsy section 7 and now occupying a 4,800 meter square space in an old refurbished warehouse in the Laksi district.
This airy space comprises a gallery for both emerging and established artists to display their work, a sculpture park, a cafe-bar and over 38 studios and workshops where the public are allowed to meet and greet the artists, watch them spin their creative magic, and finally take home a piece of artwork, should they so choose.
The progressive community features Thai artists such as Sittikorn Pokpong who takes his inspiration from the lines and forms of Bangkok construction, Soontree Hirunyanant whose weird and wonderful paintings are reminiscent of Heinz Edelmann, and international artists include modernist sculptor Antoine Palmier-Reynaud and Moscow wild child photographer Olga Volodina.
The overriding theme here is fun and affordability, even during a recent flood the artists made light of a seemingly dire situation by fashioning sculptures to float on the foot-deep puddle that filled the gallery. You can even take a piece of it home with you in the form of a colourful mini canvas available at the souvenir shop and the perfect size for any suitcase. Dive in!