Elvire Bonduelle

10 February - 8 April, 2023

Elvire Bonduelle defines herself and her art as a "dictator of happiness," a force that elicits comfort and joy. Forgoing the limitations of media and categorizations of her practice, Bonduelle deliberately creates works that offer solutions for people searching for happiness in their lives.

During her residency at Bangkok 1899, Bonduelle created Same Same, a series of rotating paintings using Thai colloquialisms in colorful patterns and typographic style.Inspired by her experiences amidst the Nang Loeng community, this exhibit was playful and engaging for viewers. These works sometimes required dynamic movement, such as “rotating” perspectives for examiners to discover the multiple meanings in a single image. Also, taking inspiration from the surrounding urban environment, these works were drawn using square grids, mimicking the metal rails and fences of buildings in Bangkok. Bonduelle’s creations stood out against the gray background of contemporary art cliches.

Her work was showcased during Bangkok Design Week 2023 and Nang Lerng Immersive Exhibition. This residency was supported by Creative Economy Agency (CEA), FREC Bangkok and the Embassy of France in Bangkok.


คล้าย คล้าย ‘Same Same’ Exhibition 

Rotating Paintings

Elvire Bonduelle was born in 1981 in Paris. She studied at les Beaux-Arts de Paris in Richard Deacon’s studio and graduated in 2005. Mainly based in Paris, she presented her work in galleries and institutions. Among her recent solo shows one can cite : Bienvenu Steinberg & Partner, NYC (2022) ; Alkinois Art Space (Athens, 2022) ; Three Star Books (Paris, 2021) ; VER Gallery (Bangkok, 2020) ; Galerie Van Gelder (Amsterdam, 2019) ; Galerie l’Inlassable (Paris, 2018) ; Osmos Gallery (New York City, 2017) ; Ronchini Gallery (Londres, 2017).

Elvire also published various books with texts and images, such as «Maison Voiture Chien Fleurs» (Bandini Books, 2019) alongside special editions of “El Pais” and “Le Monde” newspapers. Among the private and public collections which acquired her work: FRAC Corsica; CNAP – Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris; Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Clark Art Insitute, Williamstown, MA; Tuft University, Boston, MA; Bridwell Library, Dallas, Texas; KB Nationale Library, Den Haag Pays-Bas.

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