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Experience ULTRA, a phantasmic exhibition by James Jirat Patradoon featuring a visual throb of hyperreal beings and otherworldly scenes.

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JAMES JIRAT PATRADOON: ULTRA

29 January - 28 February 2021

4A @World Square, Corner Goulburn and 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.

http://www.4a.com.au/james-jirat-patradoon-ultra/

Images: James Jirat Patradoon, ULTRA, 2021, Digital illustration, courtesy the artist.


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