My Trip to the White Temple #5 | Korakrit Arunanondchai

My Trip to the White Temple #5 | 2013 | Mixed technique | 96 x 56 inches

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My Trip to the White Temple #5 was created following a journey of the artist and his twin brother to Wat Rong Khun (the White Temple). Created by Chalermchai Kositpipat, another Thai artist, this Buddhist-inspired temple of immaculate whiteness, encrusted with thousands of tiny mirror tiles, invites visitors to contemplate and meditate.

On a printed background of a cloudy sky, the artist glued pieces of synthetic gold leaf imitating the traces of a body rolled in painting - a reminder of Yves Klein’s "anthropométries" - and affixed pieces of burned jeans.

The artist questions the relationship to the body with this artwork in which man is both present and absent - a kind of phantom body suggested only by its vestiges, levitating in the air. He also evokes globalization, using the blue jeans as a symbol of universalism, in this piece as well as in the video Painting with History in a room filled with men with funny names, created at the same time, which shows both American artists and young Thai people wearing jeans.