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Constructions: Kamikaze exhibition at PØST

Constructions

Andre Yi
Constructions
Opening reception, Sunday, July 9th, 7-9p

Andre Yi creates drawings, sculptures, and collages inspired by the hodge podge post-modern architecture of Southern California. Using a precise technique, Yi creates his work using cast off materials that can be found in the studio and around his environment: tape, twigs, paper trimmings, old drawings, faux painted balsa wood, pencil shavings, and paint scrapings. These works are informed by the ideas of modern architecture being inspired by nature, while at the same time encroaching upon our once natural environment. For instance, just this year the Wilshire Grand Center opened its doors, becoming the tallest building west of the Mississippi (just a few blocks away from the building that previously held that distinction). The building was inspired by the California landscape, and the top of the building directly references Half Dome in Yosemite Valley. Frank Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles stands out because of its organic shape, but is covered in stainless steel. Both of these buildings are in the heart of a major metropolitan city surrounded by miles of concrete and automobiles, but reference and draw inspiration from elements outside their modern/industrial environment. Likewise, Yi, whose studio is located in downtown Los Angeles, creates collages and sculpture inspired from nature, but constructed from studio detritus; milled and plied from more processed materials.

Solo Show at Galerie Schuster and Scheurman, Berlin

Train Station 2005

This body of work depicts the architecture and natural wonders in and around Death Valley, Panamint Valley and Amargosa Valley, California. At once beautiful and foreboding, the desolate and mysterious landscape, dotted by mining structures and architectural ruins, suggest a beauty whose extreme nature has pushed humanity back beyond its borders. The desert that once supported towns filled with miners in search of borax, salt and gold, is left only with visitors exploring and re-exploring this vast landscape.

The Randstad - Solo Show at Carl Berg Gallery

The current work consists of architecture in and around the Randstad. The Ranstad refers to a ring of the four biggest cities in the Netherlands; Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht. The architectural landscape of Rotterdam is reminiscent of the Southern California landscape that has been the subject of my earlier paintings.

Floating City at Carl Berg Gallery

West Adams 2003

In his first solo show Andre Yi focuses his attention on a Los Angeles that is well known to it’s residents, but features none of the iconic images that have become the myth of the Hollywood dream. The Los Angeles that Yi sees shows its charms through the small gesture of a vintage pastrami stand or the architecture of a middle class home in one of LA’s culturally and geographically diverse neighborhoods.