Eat Me Art: Pastorale by Mit Jai Inn

MAY – JULY 2016

Mit Jai Inn has emerged as one of Thailand’s leading artists with a practice that shifts from lushly painted surfaces to site-specific and participatory installations. Pastorale is an ambitious showcase of specially created works.

Pastorale comprises large canvases with Mit’s characteristic repetition of bold passages of color and the physicality of the works — both in scale and heavily-worked surfaces — begets metaphoric and mythic interest. ‘Pastorale’ is a type of music that evokes an idealized life. The surfaces of Mit’s paintings strike a hypnotic note and their presence is all-encompassing. The title is a paean to ideas of peacefulness but the seductiveness of the artist’s works also reflects complex dynamics of myth, surface interest and a sense of hard realities that inevitably bleed through.

Mit Jai Inn is based in Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand and exhibits internationally. Mit lived in Europe during the 80s where he worked with the renowned artist Franz West and also attended the Academia of Angewandte Kunst. Exhibitions include biennales in Singapore and Sydney, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and regional solo exhibitions including Phnom Penh.

Curator: Brian Curtin

Presented by H GALLERY, Bangkok