The fire is gone but we have the light install view

This Exhibition Has Ended

January 23, 2016
May 29, 2016
In the Bartels Gallery

Rirkrit Tiravanija turned to the collaborative art of printmaking for one of the more elaborate objects of his career. Primarily known for immaterial projects and performative works like serving meals in galleries, Tiravanija collaborated with more than forty people—from master printers to graduate and undergraduate students—on Untitled 2008–11 (the map of the land of feeling) at Columbia University’s LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies. Almost ninety feet long and taking three years to complete, it chronicles twenty years of Tiravanija’s peripatetic life, his recurring themes, and historical references. The print is on view for the first time at the Johnson in this exhibition.

A graduate student at Columbia, Korakrit Arunanondchai not only studied under Tiravanija but was also one of his collaborators on this ambitious project. Arunanondchai credits a studio visit with Tiravanija for changing the focus of his work: “I decided that I wanted to become a Thai artist, not just an artist making art in the United States.” 

In this exhibition, Arunanondchai continues his engagement with the history of art, philosophy, popular culture, tourism, and self-representation. His new denim sculptures are emblazoned with the exhibition’s title, and his video is a collage of image sequences and voice-overs reminiscent of experimental documentaries. Much of it filmed by drones, the video features footage of popular Thai tourist destinations and panoramic views of Bangkok interspersed with Thai youth in blue jeans, along with the artist himself, bare chested and covered in paint—a digital rather than analog account of a life lived between cultures.

This exhibition was curated by Andrea Inselmann, curator of modern and contemporary art & photography at the Johnson Museum, and funded in part by a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts.