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Metaphor: Empty Spaces


Walker Art Center



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". . . Krisanamis works not so much with the meaning between the lines as with the voids within the words themselves. The tiny white circles and ovals that fill his often very large and otherwise monochromatic canvases are the spaces inside each letter O and each zero on the strips of newspaper he pastes together to form his grounds. The fantastic cityscapes and night skies we read into his images are composed of heavily applied oil paint combined with, literally, nothing."
--Charles Dee Mitchell, Art in America, 1997

Krisanamis' process for creating this work can lead to poetic associations with the concept of emptiness, voids, or spaces left blank. Or perhaps the holes refer to his obsession with golf. At the same time, the dense color around the empty spaces brings to mind celestial patterns, nighttime cityscapes, and other more visual associations. Also, Krisanamis gives his paintings titles from popular culture ("How Deep Is the Ocean?" is also the title of a song written by Irving Berlin in 1932, recorded by Rudy Vallee and Bing Crosby). This practice leads to more speculation about his work as a metaphor for his assimilation with American culture. Are these associations what the artist had in mind?

"Everything is in the painting."--Udomsak Krisanamis

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Source: Metaphor: Empty Spaces, from the website Global Positioning: Exploring Contemporary World Art, 2003.
Rights: Copyright 2003 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009