Specializing in Thai & Asian Contemporary Art


H Gallery is very pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Be Takerng Pattanopas, his second in Bangkok and further to a number of international exhibitions and commissions, including New York and Singapore.

What I Don't Know That I Know introduces a new departure for the artist in dialogue with his long-standing concern with fantastical sculptural metaphors for the interior of the human body. This departure is a series of dense paintings where figurative motifs hover amidst textured and translucent surfaces. Here a dynamic play between physicality and the qualities of mirage corresponds with Pattanopas's sculptures while the motifs highlight an evolving interest in found images. Subtly surreal and obliquely political, the paintings’ foggy, emergent, rhetoric suggests a darkly ambiguous engagement with popular visual culture.

The title of this exhibition claims uncertainty. What I Don't Know That I Know continues Pattanopas’s aim to unsettle our relationship to the human body in terms of perception, intangibility, and space and scale. Moving outwards from these explorations, the artist now approaches the world of signs and symbols to comparable affect. Both aspects of his current practice de-familiarize how we can understand ideas of self and the representations that provide order to such understandings, allowing for an expansive acknowledgement of imagination, myth, fantasy and cultural beliefs.

Be Takerng Pattanopas is based in Bangkok. A graduate of Chulalongkorn University, University of Wales, Cardiff, and later Cheltenham & Gloucester CHE with a PhD (Fine Art), his recent solo exhibitions include Compulsive Orders (2011), Tally Beck Contemporary, New York City; Permanent Flux (2009), GMT+7, Brussels; and Interior Horizons (2008) at Catherine Schubert Fine Art in Bangkok. His largest installation to date, GAP the Mind (2012) was commissioned for i Light Marina Bay 2012 in Singapore; and recent group exhibitions include Gentle Matter (2013), Richard Koh Fine Arts, Singapore; Dialogues (2011), Bangkok Art and Culture Center; Unspeaking Engagements (2010), Lanchester Gallery, Coventry School of Art and Design, Coventry; From Surface to Origin: JOURNEYS THROUGH RECENT ART FROM INDIA AND THAILAND (2008), Gallery Soulflower, Bangkok; The Place & the Plate, La Fête 2007 (The French Cultural Festival in Bangkok), Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok; and Prana: Art, Light, Space (2007) at Chulalongkorn University Art Center in Bangkok.


Be Takerng Pattanopas
October 31 2013 - January 05 2014