Sequoias, Birds and Habitats: Works from 2007­ - 2014

Nest 2013

Moorpark College Art Gallery
7075 Campus Road, Administration Building
Moorpark, CA 93021

February 27 - April 7, 2015

Artist Lecture:
March 12th, 11am
Technology Building, Room 105

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9a - 9p
Friday 8a - noon

From 2007 to 2014, Andre Yi has created drawings, sculptures, and collages about his home
state of California. From Giant Sequoias, to dead birds washed ashore at Half Moon Bay, and
birds nests inspired by the hodge podge post-­modern architecture of Los Angeles; Yi’s work is
informed by the contradictions embodied in the California landscape, in particular, the
urban/rural interface. Using a precise technique, Yi makes collages and sculptures using cast
off materials that can be found in the studio and around his home: tape, twigs, paper
trimmings, faux painted balsa wood, pencil shavings, and paint scrapings. Yi depicts the
natural in an almost “too perfect” manner that is inspired by how humankind preserves and
interacts with nature. For example, the National Park Service simulates the natural ecosystem
of Sequoia National Park by using controlled burns. Clear decisions are made that preserve
popular landmarks while less visited sections of the park are burned to maintain ecological
balance. If left on it’s own, even the iconic parts of the parks would eventually burn. This
careful ‘manicure’ of the parks affect how we see nature, creating a hierarchy of the most
beautiful and coveted. In his carefully composed works, Yi mimics this artificial “natural”. The
urban/rural interface sometimes has casualties. In 2009 hundreds of dead birds were found
washed ashore from Marin County to Monterey Bay. Typically dead birds are found when
water is contaminated by bacteria from human and animal waste that can be found in the
runoffs of city drains. By juxtaposing his interest in architecture and nests with the carcasses
of dead birds, Yi’s collages offer a poetic analysis of these deaths, the bodies become
microcosms of the urban/rural interface. Ultimately Yi’s work is a rumination on balance and
coexistence, the evolving landscapes and ecosystems of California, and the notion of
preservation: be it a scenic vista in a National Park, or the carefully reconstructed carcass of a
seemingly unimportant bird.