Sense & Sensibility: Anicka Yi's Multisensory Art
At the beginning of last year, Yi embarked on a trilogy of exhibitions centered around the idea of loss. Her exhibition in Cleveland marks the culmination of these efforts, following venues in Berlin and New York.
“A series of exhibitions examining the forensics of loss and separation was conceived in 2013,” Yi has written,“synthesized by three individual chapters in different times and places: three acts in someone’s life, three stages of proceedings, three strikes of a match. Part I, Denial, focused on the dispossession of the truth. Part II, Divorce, [gathered] further evidence of the past tilted toward symbolic laws of displacement.” And now, Part III, Death, ruminates on life flashing before one’s eyes, the flurry of activity before one’s last breath.
For the Cleveland exhibition, Yi presents works that span her career in a unique installation design developed especially for the Transformer Station. Evoking both the sterility associated with death as well as an exotic romanticism,this immersive environment also contains new works that question what it means when an era ends.
Don't miss Anicka Yi: Death, opening alongside Julia Wachtel's exhibition, presented by the Cleveland Museum of Art at Transformer Station beginning Saturday, October 11!
*Members See It First: This article also appears in the September/October issue of the CMA Member Magazine.
Pictured above: Sister, 2011. Anicka Yi (Korean, b. 1971). Tempura-fried flowers, cotton turtleneck; dimensions variable. Collection Jay Gorney and Tom Heman, New York. Photo: Joerg Lohse.
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