Mit Jai Inn
Please join us for the opening of Actants, our first solo exhibition with Mit Jai Inn (b. 1960), a widely respected senior Thai artist known for his boundary-defying painting and socially engaged practices.
The title Actants refers to both human and non-human agents as equal participants in an ongoing set of transformations – a metaphor for the artist’s collaboration with light, color, labor, and time in contextual relation to metaphysical, political and social constructions of power and belief.
Mit extends his homage and playful dissent from tenants of modernism while pursuing a more sculptural position than ever before, with rich crossings into the realm and language of weaving. Actants sees the revered geometry of the grid and its line segments unbound, transformed into three-dimensional, pliable modular elements the artist refers to as ribbons. These long strips of linen, coated with Mit’s signature bold colors, have been meddled with – dulled by hot wax baths, muted by powder, smudged and stained by contact.
Ribbons play a role, across nations and cultures, to decorate and evoke ceremony and festivity. Positioned on bodies and other charged spaces, such as portals marking beginnings or endings, ribbons are potent things – forms that hold politically and spiritually charged color.
Actants can be likened to a merit field where over one thousand ribbons commune in three new bodies of work. Suspended, two-sided canvases, sliced: Screens’ pastel ribbons hang like a warp loom without weights. These breathable filters act as navigational devices intended to lure and cleanse distracted, stagnant or wounded energies. Loops are large-scale masses that pronounce the power of chaos. A wild assemblage of ribbons drape on and off metal armatures shaped as repeat loop knots or spirals whose negative spaces reveal “eyes” that see and can be seen through. The series of wall-based Charms command gaze for their disorderly ornamentalism. These open weave, knotted, tangled constructions can be called on to fulfill a range of human desires, for those who believe.
The exhibition will also feature a reference room situating Actants in dialogue with Mit’s early works and ephemera from the 1990s and 2000s.
- Erin Gleeson