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The Jim Thompson Art Center in collaboration with American artist Bruce Gundersen, whose inkjet prints on silk and paper are featured in the exhibition “Re-Reading Khun Chang Khun Phaen,” cordially invites you to attend the Artist Forum: Interpretation of Khun Chang Khun Phaen in a Foreigner’s Perspectives on Saturday June 25, 2011 from 14:00-15:00 hrs at The Jim Thompson Art Center (Program will be in English with Thai summarized translation)

As a foreigner, Bruce Gundersan is an outsider to Thailand's culture. However, as a respectful observer, he has become a cultural correspondent, visually interpreting the myths, legends and tales of Thailand's rich heritage. In The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen a Siamese folk epic of love, war and tragedy, translated by Dr. Pasuk Phongpaichit and Dr. Chris Baker, the reader is provided with detailed and vivid information about the lives of the main characters. From this Bruce was able to conjure up images that have a universally resonating quality.

In his presentation at The Jim Thompson Art Center, Bruce Gundersen will lecture about his initial interest in Southeast Asian art, including mural paintings, temples, performances and literary arts. He will describe how these influences have affected his development and interests as a visual and performing artist. And last, he will talk about his goals and the execution of a cultural exchange by collaborating with artists, translators and performers in Thailand.

About the artist:
Bruce Gundersen

Bruce Gundersen is an interdisciplinary artist. His collaborative performance art duo Gundersen/ Clark has been included in festivals and contemporary museums in Europe and the United States. His collaborative video work FISHGUN FILMS has documented dance and rituals of Southeast and South Asia. His interest in universal cultural legends and myths is an ongoing creative investigation, inspiring his most recent digital art prints. “Finding my inspiration in the belief systems and vernacular art from the ancient / modern cultures of Southeast Asia, I hope to regenerate them through the modernity of digital arts.” In 2008, he received grants from Asian Cultural Council to work in Asia. He currently lives and works in the U.S. in New York.

For more information and any detail please contact The Jim Thompson Art Center
Tel: 02 612 6741
Fax: 02 219 2911
E-mail: education@jimthompsonhouse.com