Neonski vrtovi rastopljeni i razliveni po ekranima. Iako nadahnut H. Boschom, tajlandskim tradicionalnim uzorcima i mangom, doima se kao da skuplja kristalne krhotine nakon eksplozije neke vido-igre.
I LOVE YOU SO: Midnight Interview, Korakrit Arunanondchai
Name: Korakrit Arunanondchai
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Album of Choice: Tha Carter IV
Movie of Choice: Syndrome of a Century
Medium of Choice: Paint
Book of Choice: 20th Century Boys (Manga)
Dream Job: Pop Star
Midnight Hour: What was the first piece of art you ever made?
Korakrit: I made my own version of the original 151 Pokemon, kinda like a weird Thai Pokemon knock-off.
Midnight: Describe your work in your MFA program.
Korakrit: Working on a Gesamkunstwerk, which means the complete art work. It’s going to be part painting, video, installation and performance. Kind of like a musical
Midnight: What inspires your color palette?
Korakrit: Maybe seasonal shifts. I am still unsure. I like all palettes as long as they are really defined, like black-white, browns, neons.
Midnight: How did attending RISD and living in Providence affect your work?
Korakrit: I think there is a certain kind of spirit and a bubble you live in that helped lay the foundation of my artistic self. I have a certain kind of connection to materials and space that I think developed from being at RISD.
Midnight: What draws you to performance art? How would you characterize your performances pieces?
Korakrit: Performance is for me a way to activate the installation. A painting can set a theoretical hypothesis that is quite interesting and removed from reality but when you insert a real physical action into it, it does something else that is quite different and problematic.
Midnight: You did an entire series called I Love You. Are you in love? Do you consider yourself a romantic? Is your work romantic?
Korakrit: I think I did that piece at the end of my time at RISD and I took a whole year to plan. It was a very romantic piece. I knew that after that time I would never be able to make something that is as pure and positive as that after I leave the RISD bubble. I was very in love my art then. I sorta had an on going crush with the girl who I asked to perform with me and I am definitely in love with the band Fang Island.
Midnight: You’ve designed a shoe clothing line, worked for Dell, rapped and performed in Pagan ceremonies. What’s next for you?
Korakrit: This musical for my open studios at Columbia in November is what I’m working on now.
Midnight: Any last words?
Korakrit: I love Providence! You all are so lucky to be there. Spend your time well.
- The College Hill Independent
I first met artist Korakrit Arunanondchai at an underground dance party I was invited to by a friend who had been his classmate at RISD. Even in the sweaty sea of cleverly attired art school kids, Korakrit stood out; his long black hair, coke bottle glasses, and dizzying psychedelic t-shirt glowing brightly under the black lights. Certain people wear their artistry on their sleeve, and you can automatically tell that they move to a different rhythm, constructing their worlds according to an inherent aesthetic law that comes to them as naturally as breathing. People like this, with little effort, alchemize plain white rooms into palaces, rags into couture, and blank canvases into new realities. Everything they touch is catalytically turned into art — even their gestures, accents, and footsteps are aesthetically loaded statements. Immediately, from across a pretty dark dance floor, I could gauge that Korakrit is one of those people. And] I was correct.
Later on in the night after being introduced by mutual friends, I learned that Korakrit hails from Thailand, is studying for his MFA at Columbia, and recently did a reinterpretation of Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights. Before we parted ways, he slipped me his website URL, and the next day, as promised, I checked it out. I was blown away by what I found, which was an intricate universe constructed according to a completely singular, and uniform, visual code. In most of the works, neon-colored figures fit together to comprise fractal-like psychedelic landscapes, calling to mind everything from moon craters to neon leafage to flowers. Even though psychedelic art can sometimes be a bit of an eye-roll-inducer, Korakrit’s work is so charged with his own charisma that you can’t help but get drawn in. The works seem as if Korakrit himself was liquified and splattered all over a canvas, or melted down then molded back into a black-lit statue. It’s always an amazing thing when self-expression is so secondary, and Korakrit is particularly skilled at infusing everything he creates with himself — loudly and unmistakably. Korakrit answered some questions for OAKAZINE, and brought out the hidden artist in even his scanner. Interview after the jump. — Text by Marlo Kronberg