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New and Recent Paintings by Mit Jai Inn

H Gallery Bangkok is pleased to announce a summer show of new and recent paintings by Mit Jai Inn. Works in the show include paintings from Untitled, Pastorale, and Beautiful Futures exhibitions. 

The life and art of Mit Jai Inn is a pulse in the continuing evolution of contemporary art in Thailand, a pulse that alternately throbs rapidly and softly. A recently re-surfaced media image sees the artist as a young man at the forefront of the Black May protests in Bangkok in the early 1990s, one of the regular and deadly public demonstrations that sadly characterize Thailand’s road of modernity. Mit is pushing at barriers to Government House, an act that was to lead to the violent clashes with the police. During the same decade he startled the local public image of an artist by performing naked at Visual Dhamma Gallery. The event left sectors of the audience reeling and prompted staff resignations as a response to this breach of social mores. As one of the founders of the now legendary Chiang Mai Social Installation, an annual multivalent series of events, Mit organized a “tour” of the northern city where nearly one hundred participants were bound by a rope; and each carried an object, including rocks. The aim was to become physically and mentally exhausted amidst recognition of the often sharp changes in the urban experience.

These acts of radical will – and amongst many others - have reverberated among Thai artists as critically progressive ideas of politics and community. And Thai artists remain embedded in the national political landscape of their country.

Mit’s major output over the last few years has been concerned with forms of studio art that most immediately seem to belie political impulses. At least in the activist-agitational sense that characterize his other projects. Large, angular, color-field paintings, often double-sided and hanging free of conventional support, have been presented for audiences to turn and arrange according to whim. And he has dedicated different series to the curators and galleries that work with him, playfully challenging traditional belief in singular authorship. The paintings suggest ceremonial forms but their often intensely bright colors also hint at a saccharine parody of the objects of reverential use. 

Mit Jai Inn is one of Thailand’s leading artists. He works in large scale abstraction in oil on canvas.  A graduate of Silpakorn University in Bangkok and the Academy of Arts in Vienna, Mit has been at the forefront of avant-garde artistic practices in his native country since the early 1990s. He co-founded the Chiang Mai Social Installation Project in 1992, has been active with the influential grassroots organization Land Foundation, also in Chiang Mai, and currently manages the experimental art space CARTEL in Bangkok. Included in the 21st Sydney Biennale (2018), Mit’s recent group exhibitions include Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia from 1980s to Now (2017), The National Art Center and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Hi-So/Low-So (2014), Sno Contemporary Art Project, Sydney; Medium at Large (2014), Singapore Art Museum; All Our Relations (2012), 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia; Museum Serve Project (2011), Bangkok Art and Cultural Center, Bangkok; Somewhere in the Distance (2011), H Gallery, Bangkok; The Social Mandala and other Mit-ologies (2009), Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur; Nim Kruasaeng and a Friend (2008), Stone Gallery, Dublin; and the Singapore Biennale (2006). His recent solo exhibitions include WETT (2017), Gallery VER, Bangkok; Patchworlds (2015), Yavuz Gallery, Singapore; Postpositive: Freaky You Are Always (2013), SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh; Pastorale (2015), G1 Contemporary, Bangkok; Untitled (2012), H Gallery, Chiang Mai; Duckocrasy (2011), Toot Yung Gallery, Bangkok; and Tropical Nights-Lost in Paradise (2006), Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
Installation and New Paintings by Mit Jai Inn
May 1 – July 30, 2019