Jason Yi’s installations reinterpret traditional landscape imagery through the use of modern materials. Constructed from plastic fencing and PVC piping, That Hollow Feeling looks like a glowing orange monolith rising from ground. Like many of his other works, this sculpture resembles a mountainous formation, and also alludes to the rocky peaks characteristic of traditional Asian watercolors. In using unexpected, utilitarian materials to build awe-inspiring installations, Yi complicates the purity and endurance we associate with the natural environment. He also undermines viewers’ expectations and creates a momentary slippage between visual perception and intellectual reality. And, visually tapping into the mythical stature of nature in Asian art, as well as Western romanticizations of landscape, he simultaneously explores historically and culturally determined visual conventions.
Jason S. Yi