That Hollow Feeling, 2013. Orange plastic fence, PVC pipe, wood, and concrete. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Milwaukee, WI

Overview

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.

Biography

Jason S. Yi received his MFA in 1995 from the University of Georgia. He lives and works in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Arts Board selected him as the Milwaukee Artist of the Year in 2006. His practice includes photography, video, sculpture, drawing, multimedia, and interactive installations. His work is found in the permanent collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Edward F. Albee Foundation in New York, Kamiyama Museum of Art in Japan, and the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Italy, and Austria. Recently, one of his installations was included in the international exhibition at the Inside-Out Art Museum in Beijing, which ended in spring 2013. Presently, Yi’s work is showcased in Current Tendencies III, an exhibition at the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee (through December, 2013).