Giles Ryder is an artist born in Brisbane, educated in Brisbane, Sydney, Edinburgh and Berlin, and now based in Bangkok. He is presenting two solo exhibitions simultaneously in Thailand, at H Gallery’s Project Space in Bangkok and at H Gallery in Chiang Mai. Titled Tropical Malice and Hardcore Still Lives, the exhibitions are accompanied by a full-colour catalogue, for which I was invited to contribute an essay. The catalogue can be downloaded from here.
In my essay, I conclude that “Giles Ryder is an artist energized by ambiguity, shifts and blurs in perception and meaning, and by the participation of others, in various forms.” I also discuss contextual factors that contribute to our understanding of the exhibited works. These include the fact that all the paintings on show were made in the Chiang Mai studio of eminent Thai artist Mit Jai Inn, as well as the notion that “visual and spatial uncertainties in Ryder’s works, as part of a larger strategy of perceptual muddling, resonates with the approach of many Thai artists in recent years. Unwilling or unable to address the current and ongoing political uncertainty and sense of crisis in Thailand, many artists instead employ coded visual signs, steeped in a relentless ambiguity.” The catalogue can be downloaded from here.