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
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
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
To see oneself clearly at all time is the most wonderful thing in
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
Do not believe what the eye sees.
30 September 2003
Translated by Jan De Vleeshauwer