Like a sort of Bildungsroman, the works focus on the apprenticeship of a painter, The Denim Painter, who is the artist's fictional double.
Moving between fact and fiction, the painter undertakes a journey for self discovery, rebirth and purification - in works characterised by the pace and aesthetic of music videos. In the hero's education an important role is played by his encounter with the masters of painting in the twentieth century, including the big names of western abstract expressionism, and those of body art, but also Thai modernism.
It is no coincidence that the “funny names” in the title are those of Western artists which sound strange to Asian ears, just as Thai names are unpronounceable to Western museum-goers. The numbers, on the other hand, are drawn from the Buddhist calendar, in which the year 1 corresponds to 543 BC: the year 2557 in the title therefore corresponds to 2014. Freely sampling and remixing from his sources, Arunanondchai metabolises Western art history and strips it of its sacred aura.
Korakrit Arunanondchai, and a pre-opening event is to be held in Venice, in the exclusive setting of the Bauer Hotel, to coincide with the start of the 2016 Architecture Biennale. On 24th May in the Bauer Ballroom, the Thai artist's video entitled “2557 (Painting with history in a room filled with men with funny names 2” will be screened. The screening is part of the 10th Anniversary Event of Pin-Up Magazine, and the video will be on show in the hotel until 01/06/2016.
The event is the first initiative in a partnership between Museon and Zuecca Project @the Bauers, a key collaboration between an AMACI member and the private sphere.
This partnership kicks off with the young Thai artist Korakrit Arunanondchai, a catalyst of the contemporary period and representative of his generation, the first to engage with and view the world through a digital filter. His perspective is that of a digital native and cultural émigré, having moved from Thailand to the US. His works therefore mingle Eastern and Western aesthetics, globalization and spirituality: under the aegis of Buddha, but also that of Steve Jobs.