Valentine Willie Fine Art is proud to present Mit Jai-Inn's solo exhibition in our Project Room, The Social Mandala and other Mit-ologies. Mit Jai-Inn is an elusive and unusual figure in Thai and international contemporary art. Much of his time is devoted to deep meditation. When he is not in retreat, Mit produces works on canvas that he chooses not to call paintings. These pieces can be be hung, rolled or configured into foldable 3D designs that slips from easy categorisation.
Paradoxically, their seriality and repetition produce a diverse range of meanings and readings as international flags, social mandalas, decorative tiles, interventionist objects, subjective maps, abstract poems, visual statements, etc. By refusing to have his works determined as either painting or sculpture, the artist builds on his vision of eukabeuk, which is a word that signifies nothing. His vision of art seems to cast him as a wilful provocateur, but on second take, what is inherent in Mit's work is a sensitivity to art and life and a commitment to an artistic form that that resonates with his convictions.
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Mit Jai-Inn (b. Thailand) is a seminal founder of the Chiang Mai Social Installation (CMSI). The CMSI (a precursor to The Land Foundation set up by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kamin Lertchaiprasert) was a non-commercial art space that evolved as a direct refusal of neo-liberalist trends to appropriate Thai-ness and Buddhist iconography for commercial reasons. Another main objectives of the CMSI was to liberate art from the gallery and incorporate it into the city of Chiang Mai. Differing forms of art were presented inside the ancient walls of Chiang Mai, on the canals, in Buddhist temples as well as cemeteries. Mit has participated in Tropical Nights: Lost in Paradise at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006). In 2007, he held his most recent solo exhibition at Ver Gallery titled, Don't Be Happy. Do Be Worried: Fifteenth Anniversay of Worrying About: Global Climate Change/ Shifting World Views/ Socieal Collapse/ Cultof Bourgeois Rectitude/ Chiang Mai Social Installation Project. Art is Over.