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Mitch Alland
Posted on Mon Nov 17, 2003 1:47 AM

I hope no one minds this post that I cannot resist. Below is the press release for my exhibition of pictures taken with the Leica M6 and mainly 35 and 50mm Summicron lenses on E100S and printed on the Epson 7600 using ImagePrint on Espson Semi-Matte. The prints are 16x24 and 24x36 inches. While the official opening date is November 25, the exhibition will probably be open on November 23. I post the press release for those who may be interested in reading it. The venue is interesting because it gets 800 visitors per day in late November and December.

--Mitch/Bangkok

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PRESS RELEASE: JIM THOMPSON HOUSE MUSEUM

Thai Wat: Color and Harmony -- Photo Exhibition

Have you ever noticed how peaceful Thai temples feel? “Thai Wat: Color and Harmony”, an exhibition of color photographs by Mitch Alland at the Jim Thompson House Museum opening on November 25 shows where this serenity comes from: how, despite extravagance of shape and profusion of color, Thai temple design manages to integrate gold and glitter, richness and sumptuousness, into the underlying simplicity and harmony of Buddhist art.

Photography is an "art of selection" and, through the photographer's vision of what to include, these large photographs reveal how Thai temples mold apparently discordant and complex elements -- containing opulent, bright colors and flamboyant shapes -- into a formal simplicity and calm beauty reflecting the spiritual values of Buddhism. The large size of the prints (60x90 and 40x60 centimeters) helps to accentuate this vision. The exhibition includes photographs from seven temples, three in Bangkok and four in the north of Thailand. Of particular interest are five photographs of Wat Rachabopit in Bangkok, a temple visited by relatively few tourists. It has grace and elegance that is an authentic and archetypical expression of the Thai spirit and of the Buddhism that has helped to form a unique culture of which this temple is a striking example. Several of the photographs guide our eyes to the nature of these temples by juxtaposing out-of-focus objects with areas that are sharply focused which helps us to understand the underlying form.

Four photographs of Wat Mahawan in Lamphun are also of great interest in that they show how this glittering temple forms an opulent and quintessential image of Thai temple design, how its overall effect is a sumptuous and harmonious synthesis despite the roughness of some of the craftsmanship and the garishness of some of its elements.

As an appropriate “postscript” to the exhibition there are two photographs. The first is a black and white image of an ancient Indian Buddha uniting sensuality of line with spirituality of form and pointing to the tradition of elegance of vision that emerges from much of Buddhist art. While the temples pictured in this exhibition are more complex and flamboyant in shape and color than this statue, they have the same depth of form and spirituality, grace, and elegance of execution that merge into a Buddhist harmony. The second is a color photograph taken on a street in Bangkok showing a large, golden Buddha statue standing among fresh vegetables laid out on the ground and facing a man on a motorcycle. This photograph reflects the pervasiveness of Buddhism and can be seen as a metaphor for Thailand today, a country in rapid transition where modern urban life is emerging within an ancient set of traditions.

The photographer, Mitch Alland, is particularly interested in abstracting tones, colors and forms to reveal the essence of objects as well as the spirit of place, and in making the photographic perception itself the subject of the photograph. His concern with the latter can be seen in his treatment of out-of-focus areas in some of the photographs. He divides his time between Bangkok, where he spends the bulk of the year, and Paris and Washington.

The Jim Thompson House Museum is the perfect venue for this exhibition, beautifully situated in a set of Thai teakwood houses and displaying Thai art and architecture. The museum is open daily from 9:00-17:00. While entry to the museum is 100 baht (50 baht for students), entry to the Thai Wat: Color and Harmony exhibition is free. The museum is in Soi Kasemsan 2, opposite the National Stadium on Rama I Road, and is a short walk from the National Stadium Sky Train station. The exhibition begins on November 25, 2003 and runs through December 6, 2004. Telephone: 02-216-7368.
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