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Korakrit Arunanondchai
Untitled (History Painting)
2013
Acrylic on denim, inkjet print, canvas
Courtesy the artist and CLEARING, New York
Installation view of Korakrit Arunanondchai at MoMA PS1
2014
© 2014 MoMA PS1; Photo Matthew Septimus
Korakrit Arunanondchai
Untitled (White Temple Paintings)
2013
Installation view of Korakrit Arunanondchai at MoMA PS1, 2014
© 2014 MoMA PS1; Photo Matthew Septimus
Korakrit Arunanondchai. 2012-2555
2012
Performance, two-channel video loop, flat screens, metal, wood, plastic, digital print on canvas, digital print on vinyl, fluorescent lights, plastic flowers
Courtesy the artist and CLEARING, New York.
Korakrit Arunanondchai
Untitled (White Temple Paintings)
2013
Installation view of Korakrit Arunanondchai at MoMA PS1 2014
© 2014 MoMA PS1; Photo Matthew Septimus
Korakrit Arunanondchai
Untitled (History Painting)
2013
Acrylic on denim, inkjet print, canvas
Courtesy the artist and CLEARING, New York
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Korakrit Arunanondchai’s Transformative 2012-2555 at MoMA PS1

By Sola Agustsson

June 3, 2014

Go to MoMA PS1, lie back on the giant denim tie-dye pillows, and watch Korakrit Arunanondchai’s transformative two-screen video installation, 2012–2555. The hyperreal reflection on the cyclical nature of memory, death, and rebirth. Between the two screens is a life-sized mannequin shrouded as a dead body. Around it, fake flowers, reflective surfaces and a disco rendition of a gothic cathedral in the background.

Sound overwhelming? It is. But at the same time, the work is calming, meditative, and mesmerizing, allowing the viewer a portal into the afterlife that is not dark or foreboding, but instead colorful and peaceful.

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Korakrit Arunanondchai
Untitled (History Painting)
2013
Acrylic on denim, inkjet print, canvas
Courtesy the artist and CLEARING, New York

The video is also a funereal monument to Arunanonchai’s older work, which focused on painting. His denim paintings, like Muen Kuey, include burned images collaged into the paintings. The series deals with themes of westernization using the symbol of the American jean. The video Painting with History in a room filled with men with funny names (2013) shows the original paintings.

The Bangkok-raised artist examines history, ritual, and self-representation through the lens of a cultural outsider, creating a common artistic ground.

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Installation view of Korakrit Arunanondchai at MoMA PS1
2014
© 2014 MoMA PS1; Photo Matthew Septimus

Korakrit Arunanondchai will be on view at MoMa ps1 through September 14.

2012–2555Korakrit ArunanondchaiMoMA PS1Muen KueyPainting with History in a room filled with men with funny names

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