Mit Jai Inn (b.1960, Thailand )

Mit Jai Inn’s paintings come into being at his outdoor Chiang Mai studio, where he gives turns to the vibrating spectrum of sun and moonlight, with nocturnal interludes of white fluorescent. He considers his laborious painting process a form of meditation, a rhythm for an optimistic non-time – both separate and complimentary to his public role as a political agitator. 

Jai Inn spent the years between 1986 -1992 based in Vienna, assisting Franz West and studying at Academy of Arts. His ongoing series Wall Works began in Berlin in 1986 as playful alternatives to conventional painting styles, economies and exhibitionary frameworks of their time and place. Un-stretched and unframed, the one or two-sided color fields on canvas were dealt by a range of public figures such as taxi drivers. Jai Inn’s two-sided, free-standing Scrolls series began in 2003 after returning to Thailand.

In Thai language, verbs play as a way to socialize. When one invites a friend to share time together, it is usually to ‘talk-play’, ‘walk-play’, even ‘rest-play’. Jai Inn’s works are intended to invite conversations as they sit, rest, lay, hang, curl, and roll-play. The relatively subdued color and heavy weight of his double-canvased, two-faced, multi-layered painting-sculptures suggests a preoccupied play, indeed a nostalgic role-playing of their maker’s past.

Jai Inn studied at Silpakorn University, Bangkok (1982-1986) and Academy of Arts, Vienna (1987-1992). He is a co-founder of the Chiang Mai Social Installation Project (1992 - ) and engaged with The Land. Jai Inn’s recent exhibitions include Medium at Large, Singapore Art Museum (2014), Postpositive: Freaky You Are Always, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh (2013), Untitled, H Gallery, Chiang Mai (2013), All Our Relations, 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2012), Museum Serve Project, Bangkok Art and Cultural Center, Bangkok, Thailand (2011). 

Jai Inn , Mit b.1960

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