PRESS RELEASE - STRAAT X THINKSPACE present ASIAN INFLUENCE

STRAAT and Thinkspace Projects are excited to present our third collaborative gallery exhibition, ASIAN INFLUENCE an exhibition celebrating Southeast and East Asian artists’ impact on our global culture.

This exhibition will be on view in the STRAAT gallery from Sunday July 7th through Sunday September 15th, with a special opening reception on Saturday July 6th from 6-10pm. The exhibition is included with any regular admission ticket to STRAAT museum.

Gallery Exhibition:

This gallery exhibition features new work from three artists; Mark Jeffrey Santos (aka Mr. S), Ryo ‘Ryol’ Laksmana, and Alex Face. To complement the works from these featured artists, we will also be showcasing a group show with new woks from more than 30 contemporary Southeast and East Asian artists. Visitors should expect a mix of vibrant street art culture and contemporary art perspectives.

Live Painting Events:

– Indonesian artist Ryol (@ryol.id) and Filipino artist Mr. S (@mister_sasquatch) will be live-painting new mural-scale creations for our permanent main hall collection during museum hours in the week leading up to the exhibition opening.

– Alex Face (@alexfacebkk) from Thailand, who already has a giant canvas at STRAAT, will be creating a new public mural on the large exit doors of the museum.

Opening Reception:

The opening reception is free to the public with RSVP to gallery@straatmuseum.com

– Date: Saturday, July 6th

– Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

All three of the focus artists will be in attendance.

For more information about this and other exhibitions please visit our website at https://straatmuseum.com/en/gallery

For additional details or inquiries, contact Zoe at zoe@straatmuseum.com

About the Featured Artists:

Mr. S (1990, Philippines) @mister_sasquatch

Mark Jeffrey Santos transports viewers to a fantasy realm through his engaging works. His pieces frequently depict characters embarking on adventures with colossal creatures, showcasing his world-building and character design prowess. A fixture in art exhibitions since 2015, Santos has gained an online and offline following, earning the moniker “Mister S” or “Mister Sasquatch” within street art circles. His work has graced exhibitions globally, from Taiwan to the UK, highlighting his expanding international presence.

Ryo Laksamana (1993, Indonesia) @ryol.id 

Hailing from Banyuwangi in East Java, Laksamana Ryo aka RYOL is an artist whose journey began during his academic years at the Seni Indonesia Institute in Yogyakarta. RYOL’s paintings exude a vibrant and captivating quality, infused with pop culture influences and a style that evokes the charm of the cartoon universe. Yet, beneath this playful exterior lies a depth of subject matter. Ryo deftly navigates themes like social criticism, human behavior, and intricate relationships.

Alex Face (1981, Thailand)  @alexfacebkk

Patcharapol Tangruen, aka Alex Face is a celebrated graffiti artist from Thailand who originally studied architecture at Bangkok’s King Mongkut Institute of Technology. Intrigued by abandoned structures, he turned streets and alleys into his canvas. Operating under the name Alex Face, he aims to engage urban communities, especially in underprivileged areas. His iconic character, a disillusioned child in a rabbit costume, juxtaposes cuteness with a wise, concerned demeanour about the world’s future.

Plus a group show featuring works from:

Abenk Alter (ID), Riki Antoni (ID), Blic (PH), Bluepalete (TH), Kim Borja (PH), Cham Cristobal (PH), Darbotz (ID), Addy Debil (ID), Kratai Dudu (TH), Decki Leos Firmansah (ID), Shinnosuke Hariya (JP), Humbly (PH), Krachok (TH), Hanna Lee Joshi (KR), Don Bosco Laskar (ID), Huntz Liu (TW), Pony Ma (TW), Valdo Manullang (ID), Mr. Kreme (TH-HK), Manow Nowhere (TH), Buakow Phasom (TH), Heru Priyono (ID), Lee Salvador (PH), Fandi Angga Saputra (ID), Guy Satayuu (TH), Marilou Solano (TH), Cy Wang (TW), Liffi Wongso (ID), Cheong Yoon (KR).