Rama IX Art Museum Foundation
Artist : Kade Javanalikikorn
Artist : Kade Javanalikikorn

Kade Javanalikikorn

Quiet, Simple, easy-going and direct; not wasting mush word; seldom frequenting social gatherings; a person not very well-known, conducting his substantial work of art seriously on a regular base.

Kade Javanalikikron lives his life the way he lives together with his art, in a small Tambol of Amper Mae Tang, Chiang Mai province. Presently he teaches art at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University.

Kade keeps to himself. He chooses to associate with a limited circle of close friends and students, exchanging ideas and partying. He is quite happy and satisfied with this situation. A small social circle suits his personality. It provides him with geniality, freedom and liveliness.

Kade is not different from other ordinary people. He holds ideas and opinions that are in accordance and in conflict with himself and society. He always looks at the big picture of time and space and the change that occurs in humanity, which he finds entertaining. He does not middle in current affairs. Rather, he digs deep into his mind, feeling resistant towards the current mainstream of modern technology that constructs a network covering and constricting our world through a singular model that regulates everything into a singular direction. Kade feels there is a loss of value intrinsic to difference and diversity, a profound form of beauty that has taken nature a very long time to create.

An important question (that needs to be answered) comes to mind and is projected though Kade's work. This question concerns the conflict in some of the traditional customs that allow individuals to exploit others, to cheat and to deceive for the purpose of power, rank, status and praise. These people will do everything to obtain personal profit, they distort and falsify fact to the extend that right becomes wrong and wrong become right. Through their every single breath, day by day this attitude becomes the structure and mainstream adopted by the new generation of youngsters as the role model for their behavior, evading all interest and study of the elements that constitute such behavior.

The worldview of a quiet person like Kade did not become sharp and pointed to sting and stab for no reason at all. On the contrary, Kade opens himself to tour into dimensions that are beyond his life and work as a teacher. The eyes behind those thick eyeglasses see deception and truth drifting through every molecule in the air. He inhales these molecules and refines them, not trying to separate the opponents but trying his utmost to make us aware of the illusion that looks like reality and the reality that looks like illusion.

Kade's attempt to understand his external conditions and to study his inner state of mind through conscious consideration is a quality that strengthens his inner self. Therefore, the drives that stimulates his ideas and opinions is something most valuable, for it communicates and conveys vitality. For Kade , this is a duty for which he must take responsibility. It is regarded an essential human virtue.

Kade creates for himself and for society that surrounds him. He does not sway from his purpose, nor does he hope for the slightest compensation. He is always happy to work and happy with his simple way of life. As a result of this happiness he can reflect on the prosperity of his thoughts and emotions, consistently developed through different stages and under different conditions. Most important, through his "work" Kade is able to explore himself for a more distinct perspective.

To see oneself clearly at all time is the most wonderful thing in life.

Kade's work show us a diversity of thoughts and emotions. Through his particular point of view, conveyed through a delicate yet adamant reaction, these thoughts and emotions are transformed.

The only way for us to connect with Kade's abstract work is to open the door to our senses and reflect upon the traces, colors. Symbols and materials he uses for communication.

Something the slight planes of color Kade paints in overlapping layers remind us of a transparent mass of water, allowing us to see what lies beneath. Sometimes the drippings of color spread out on the canvas create a felling of a certain atmosphere, be it anxiety, vigilance, loneliness or tension. This atmosphere is further inserted with other elements such as the wind, the sea, the wilderness, urban society or ourselves. Sometimes the materials used in Kade's work are familiar, yet act like a lash to our way of life. Many more other artistic methods are tried out in search for the abstract that is concealed within the element of the material, challenging our means of apprehension and our intuition. It is like the breath of life: we inhale, we exhale, but never do we see it with the naked eye.

Do not believe what the eye sees.

Thaiwijit Puengkasemsomboon
30 September 2003

Translated by Jan De Vleeshauwer

Thai Artists