Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3
03.04 - 05.06.2016
PAINTING IN A ROOM FILLED WITH PEOPLE WITH FUNNY NAMES 3 is a solo exhibition by Korakrit Arunanondchai. The exhibition acts as a premier to his fourth film, an epilogue to the previous three films made by the artist during 2011 – 2015. The films centers around a conversation between the ‘The Denim Painter’, a representation of the artist, and ‘Chantri’, an omniscient spirit. Through this exchange, fragments of thoughts on spirituality, technology, Thai art history, popular culture and geopolitics form together to represent and narrate the artist’s views towards contemporary society. Reality, fiction and fantasy seems to merge together as Arunanondchai contemplates on what it means to be a Thai artist in today’s society. The exhibition also features site-specific installations of evolving artworks that Arunanondchai has produced since the conception of this body of work back in 2011.
A film screening and live performance opens the exhibition. The performance TOGETHER IN A ROOM FILLED WITH PEOPLE WITH FUNNY NAMES features his frequent collaborator boychild, light design by Alex Gvojic and music by Harry Bornstein with an opening act by Yellow Fang.
Korakrit Arunanondchai (b.1986, Bangkok) earned his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009 and his MFA from Columbia University in 2012. He has since had major solo exhibitions in many gallery and art institutions, including New York’s MOMA PS1 in 2014, Paris’s Palais de Tokyo and Beijing’s UCCA in 2015.