Posts Tagged ‘Eric Yahnker’

Rogue Wave 2013 at L.A. Louver

Sarah Awad, "Untitled (Reclining Woman)," 2013, oil on canvas, 65 x 95 inches. Courtesy of LA Louver.

It’s July in Los Angeles, and as every hokey reality television show portrays, the beach beckons. I pass barefoot teenagers hustling toward the Venice promenade, Boogie boards in tow, and a motley crew of sand-encrusted terriers out for a midday stroll. My hands are already sticky from the brined air as I reach for the door of L.A. Louver—a gallery that has been situated in this[.....]

“Who Cares?” / We Do:
Eric Yahnker’s VIRGIN BIRTH N’ TURF at The Hole

center: From Here To Eternity, 10 sunset beach towels, 15ft. coat rack, replica of Hawaiian shirt Montgomery Clift wore in 'From Here To Eternity,' dimensions variable, 2012 installation image from Virgin Birth n' Turf, The Hole, NYC, 2012

Eric Yahnker’s current solo show VIRGIN BIRTH N’ TURF, at The Hole through October 6, is a meticulous chronicle of canonical American cultural mediocrity. Walking into the vaulted white squareness of The Hole, I’m slammed from all sides by Yahnker’s enormous images — meticulously hand-drawn, magnified portraits of kitsch. Yahnker takes aesthetically unexalted elements of popular media, elevating the mediocre cultural staple and outfitting it[.....]

Sad Sack: An interview with Ryan Travis Christian

Chicago-based artist Ryan Travis Christian creates amazingly rendered drawings that employ an amalgamation of sources, all collapsing and folding in on one another. Ryan freely adopts cultural signifiers, both high and low, and fractures them to the point where anything can exist on the same page, regardless of its origin. The artist currently has an exhibition on view, titled Sad Sacks, at San Francisco’s Guerrero[.....]

The Power of Selection: Part I

Western Exhibitions in Chicago is currently presenting The Power of Selection (Part I), the first in a series of three exhibitions organized by Chicago-based artist and independent curator Ryan Travis Christian. The exhibition, which features works by Alika Cooper, Mike Rea, Allison Schulnik, Marissa Textor, and Eric Yahnker, loosely explores the idea of contemporary figuration. Works in the exhibition range from a massive anthropomorphic wooden[.....]