BANGKOK — A Portuguese visual artist who joined vandal artist Banksy’s dystopian theme park will open her first show in Asia at a Bangkok bar-gallery this weekend.
Wasted Rita will be in Bangkok to display 20 prints filled with scribbled sarcasm and black humor for her 10795 Days of Bummer exhibition, possibly in mockery of bittersweet rom-com “500 Days of Summer.”
An outdoor live painting by Rita is planned, but with the current seriously wet weather, the activity could be no-go. The artist will confirm when she arrives in Bangkok, according to Somrak Sila, owner of venue host WTF Cafe & Gallery.
Admission is free. The opening reception starts at 7pm on Saturday with drinks, snacks and DJ Electrojazz Jorge playing fado, a type of traditional Portuguese folk music.
The exhibition then runs until Oct. 29. The art space, now seven years old, is open 4pm through 10pm every day except Monday. It’s located just off Soi Sukhumvit 51 and can be reached on foot from BTS Thong Lo.
Wasted Rita, or Rita Gomes, is a 29-year-old Portuguese graphic designer and illustrator from Lisbon. She was among several artists from around the world whose works were selected by political graffiti artist Banksy’s temporary exhibition Dismaland, an anti-Disneyland which popped up for one month in 2015 in the English county of Somerset.