Sven Anderson & Mit Jai Inn
Mit Jai Inn & Sven Anderson
Curated by Jennie Guy
5 October - 1 December
Field Recording is an exhibition of new works by artists Mit Jai Inn and Sven Anderson at Rua Red which explores how we position ourselves in order to observe and react to complex events and stimuli that unfold around us.
In bringing these artists together for the first time, curator Jennie Guy has created a unique opportunity for their works to intersect, and for an audience to see how their works interact; always shifting beyond the frame and exploring a field that exceeds both surface and duration. These forms are exciting and the scale of this installation feels like it expands beyond its physical dimensions to encounter an energy that is as linked to Mit’s explosive palette of colours as it is to the analog electrical signals proliferating through Sven’s network of monitors:
“Each of the artists are working beyond the perceived constraints of their media - which is what compelled me to situate their works side by side within Field Recording. To me, the device of field recording implies an attempt to represent an outdoor space - out of the studio, out of the gallery - a space full of interference, and a space that can’t be apprehended in a single instant or from a single perspective. Sven and Mit’s works both encourage the viewer to encounter a periphery - to try see beyond (and around) what lies directly in front of them.” Jennie Guy
The device of field recording - as a proposition to capture an extensive, dynamic, and situated environment - suggests the active trajectory of Anderson and Jai Inn’s meeting at Rua Red. Jai Inn works textured layers of colour across five massive canvases, while Anderson sequences fragments of furtive video material within an expanse of tiny black and white video screens. The syntax of the exhibition materialises through intersections between these concise video assemblages and unfurling canvases: a field in which minute fluctuations of light, colour, and texture emerge as the primary protagonists.
The tension between elusive movement shifting through the scattered array of video monitors and the dimensionless excess of enormous warped canvases evolving through the space develops its own topological drama; charting forms that slip between landscape and mediascape. Within this space appears an optimistic energy that suggests that we reconsider events outside of the gallery space with this decentred strategy for apprehension close at hand.
Supported by South Dublin County Council and The Arts Council of Ireland. Mit Jai Inn works courtesy of the Artist and Silverlens, Manilla.
“Extravagant exhibition!!! Thank you so much. Well done!” - Z
“A lot to take in! My neck hurts but it was worth it.” - P.G
“Brilliantly stunning.” - Esmé
“I think it's amazing, it looks like space!” - Kevin
“Beautiful and a bit epic!” - M
“Absolutely love this! Unexpected surprise on a wet and windy day. Thanks for cheering us!” - Grace, Luca, Lian, Mirian & Edel
“Stunning! Thank you. So peaceful and beautiful.” - Jenny
“My favourite exhibition of 2018. Very inspiring.” - Aisling
Born 1977 in Boston, USA, lives and works in Dublin.
Sven Anderson's artworks manifest as parasitic installations, systems and performances, responding to details of the immediate built environment, the bodies of the audience, and fragments of local history and ecology to suggest emergent,site-specific forms. Working primarily with sound and multi-channel video, Anderson's projects explore both excess and minutiae, relying on indeterminacy and variation as intrinsic representational tactics. The scale of Anderson's projects often expands through works that incorporate different modes of shared authorship and long-term collaboration.
Born 1960 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, lives and works in Chiang Mai.
Mit Jai Inn is considered by many to be a pioneer of Thai contemporary art. Defying conventional boundaries, both physically and conceptually, Mit's artworks often appear as hybrid objects - painting that could be sculptures, or sculptures that incorporate painterly methods. Varying in size and format, his paintings disregard traditional methods of display, often appearing as long rolls of canvas that unfurl across the floor or hang suspended in draped loops across gallery walls.
Jennie Guy is an artist, curator and educator based in Dublin. Her artistic practice embraces visual, textual, performance, and event-based output. She is interested in the rituals surrounding artistic production, seeking alternative modes of observation and response.