Exhibition

James Jirat Patradoon: ULTRA

A chrome motorbike is parked in front of a mural of a feminised figure holding her arms out with an opened paper fan in each hand. Two large purple and pink ox horns protrude from her head, while she looks straight ahead with blue ringed eyes and green pupils. Behind her weaves a blue dragon's spine and a series of neon pink and yellow spirals.

When

29 January -
28 February 2021

Location

4A @ World Square

Corner Goulbourn & George Streets, Sydney

Presented in partnership with World Square, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art presents for Lunar New Year 2021 the 14th solo exhibition of Thai-Australian multidisciplinary artist James Jirat Patradoon.

Commissioned as part of Sydney Lunar Festival 2021, ULTRA reinterprets traditional and contemporary Chinese Zodiac iconography into an immersive installation experience. Curated by 4A’s Con Gerakaris, and drawing upon Eastern and Western graphic concepts spanning manga, tattoo illustrations and product design, Patradoon’s encompassing murals and installation work reframe the 2021 Zodiac symbol of the Metal Ox.

Reflecting upon the cycle of rebirth each new year, the artist has composed hypercoloured scenes of life and death as acts in a fictionalised Chinese opera. Featuring compositions of Yama, Buddhism’s wrathful King of Hell, facing off against an anthropomorphised chrome-clad ox fan dancer, the scene also reveals an otherworldly beast and a bewitching leading lady in performance grandeur. These striking characters flank the centrepiece of ULTRA: a wicked, customised motorcycle assemblage adorned with an ox skull. Taking cues from his well-known illustrative practice, Patradoon’s first sculptural work rides his signature line between realism and fantasy heightened by mesmeric lighting to challenge the viewer’s experience of viewing art.

Patradoon says, “For the works in ULTRA, I imagined a cosmic Chinese opera with characters representing the Metal Ox and King Yama (Buddhist Deity of Death) in opposition: 2021 vs 2020. I see 2021 as a year of rebirth and recovery from the terror of 2020, a year of prosperity and success. I hope we can rise transformed, and dance once again.”

ULTRA will be on view from 29 January – 28 February 2021 at 4A’s offsite gallery at World Square. As part of the exhibition, 4A will host a panel talk with Patradoon on Saturday 13 February, followed by Patradoon’s digital illustration workshop on Saturday 27 February

A Thai-Australian artist in a black top and black pants and boots stands next to a chrome motorbike against a long neon pink and yellow mural.
A chrome motorbike is parked in front of a mural with two neon pink, yellow and purple hands crossed over each other. Each hand is the height of the wall and adorned with long pointed fingernails. The hands overlap with a green skeletal Grim Reaper figure in a purple cloak, long blue hair and green skeletal hands holding a purple scythe.
A close-up of a grey chromed ox skull on the front of a motorbike.
A chrome motorbike is parked in front of a mural of a feminised figure holding her arms out with an opened paper fan in each hand. Two large purple and pink ox horns protrude from her head, while she looks straight ahead with blue ringed eyes and green pupils. Behind her weaves a blue dragon's spine and a series of neon pink and yellow spirals.
Behind a glass gallery front is a neon pink mural of a woman with purple lilies in her hair, neon pink shadows on the contours of her face, green pupils and blue lips. She has a gold septum ring in her nose. Her hands are raised by her face.
Pedestrians walk past a glass-fronted gallery with a neon mural of a woman's face with neon pink eyelids, green pupils and blue lips. A tall set of neon pink doors enclose the front of the gallery, painted with an ox skull surrounded by yellow flames and pink Chinese characters. Above the door is a cracked yin yang symbol surrounded by yellow flame with neon pink and blue rays shining from the yin yang.
  

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Top image: Floor: James Jirat Patradoon, ULTRA (installation view), 2021, Hyosung Aquila GV700, ox skull, chrome paint, chains, commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 4A @World Square, January 2021; photo: Kai Wasikowski for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, courtesy the artist. Wall: James Jirat Patradoon, ULTRA (installation view), 2021, mural, commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 4A @World Square, January 2020; photo: Kai Wasikowski for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, courtesy the artist.

Photos: Kai Wasikowski