Saturday, February 21, 2009

Lectures and Workshop in Bangkok

Last week Dave and I went to do a workshop called "Everything Has Its Cartography, Its Geography, Its Diagram" at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkabang in Bangkok. I gave a talk about my work, and we did the workshop with grad and post-grad students.

Dave presents some contemporary artists whose work relates to mapping. In this slide is an image from Mark Dion's project at Bartram's Gardens in West Philadelphia. For more about Dion's project see Fallon and Rosof's Artblog post.

The following day the students did their own mapping projects. They chose to "map" the area in front of the library.

Pictured above is Natnaran Bualoy, who interviewed a lady who had lived in the area for a long time about what the space was like before the library was built.

Pisitakun "Nat" Kuntalang made a series of small drawings recording what was in the sky every few seconds.

A giraffe's journey - Kasira Siriwattanakul, Piangpatu Thantavivattananont, and Supawadee documented this little giraffe taking the same path that we followed from the classroom to the site.

Students laying out string to map the word "Ladkabang" according to a design created by a computer program they wrote. This project was made by Manatsawee Torsuwan, Tanasan Kanakasem, and Kritsada Phakawatsuntorn.

My artist talk for the undergrads. The students were great and asked lots of interesting questions - for more than an hour!

Special thanks to Komson Nookiew for inviting us, arranging everything, and translating too.

More photos from the workshop here.

More photos of student work here.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Lamphun, Thailand

Watercolor and Gouache on Paper. 11 x 14 inches.

analogmemory by Nukarb and Sosharp at Pongnoi Artspace

Earlier this month Dave and I went to the opening of analogmemory at Pongnoi Artspace. Installed in the gallery was a little living room with tv, astroturf, many small photo albums to browse, and torn photographs on the walls.

More photos, including the accompanying wall text here.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Realistic Paint - Some Highlights

Some work from the end of the semester from my Painting II Students.
More here.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Painting Classes in Chiang Mai

I will be returning to Chiang Mai in July 2010, and I may be offering art classes there (in English) in the future. Please contact me if you are interested at ReneMSmith at

(The above image is from a natural drawing made by Drawing IV students from Chiang Mai University on a trip I took with them last year)

Sofian Audry at Compeung

A visitor checking out the work.

There is a small residency program about 1/2 hour outside of Chiang Mai in Doi Saket. The Canadian artist Sofian Audrey recently showed the new media project that he created there over the last few months.
Check out the video of his project here:
Absences Video
And his website here:

My photos of his project and Compeung on flickr here.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Thailand's Least Visited National Park

Watercolor and gouache on paper.
11 x 14 inches.