The artwork college exhibition ‘To Hear No Echo’ opens
Courtesy Sae Jun Kim
On March 22nd, the Yale School of Art’s second final thesis exhibition entitled “To Hear No Echo” was shown. An online version of the exhibition, accessible to the general public, will be released on March 25th.
The exhibition, located in the School of Art’s Green Hall Gallery, will remain open to the School of Art community through March 28th. The exhibition shows the works of Armando Cortés ’21, Sae Jun Kim ’21, and Jeenho Seo ’21. Hyeree Ro ’21, Freddy Villalobos ’21 and Stella Zhong ’21.
“There are all of these elements that mirror each other … we really love the way this came out,” said Zhong. “We just had a great time working together as a group – we kept saying this was the funnest week of the year.”
The show did not have a curator; The students worked together to put it together. As a result, the show does not have an overarching theme, but works in the show echo and in contrast to each other.
For example, Ro noted that most of the pieces on the show contain components that “aren’t actually included” such as flour, sand, water, clay, and shredded cloth. She explained that her piece, which is “porous” and spatially “low”, is in contrast to Cortés’ piece, which is “dense” and “large”.
“While the ideas we are working with may not be directly in discussion, I think the entire show has had some conversations with formal aspects – the repetition of circles, the repetition of throwing objects in the last room, that sort of thing. ” Said Cortés.
Ro’s sculpture “Flour Hat (Floor)” consists of a flour circle with figures drawn in it, as well as screens, paper mache figures and a video depicting three people involved in joint activities.
Ro said the flour is a symbol of her grandfather’s work in a flour factory. In the video, the actors occasionally wear paper and flour hats that refer to their father’s and grandfather’s various jobs. The video speaks of changes in livelihoods across family generations.
“Flour is a very basic thing, like food that you consume,” said Ro. “Food is very important, it’s like a way of living or dying, while a hat is like a fashion or luxury item to wear. And then I do something creative. “
Cortés’ sculpture, which is a cedar replica of a “Palenque” or cockfighting ring, is called “Pata Rajada”. The ring is placed on the wall by eliminating the cockfight phase. This forces the viewer to think about structural and behind the scenes aspects of cockfight or “the underbelly of the ring”.
Objects are scattered throughout the structure of the Palenque, including sandals with combat blades, a mask, and tobacco.
“They are somehow banal to me,” said Cortés, “but it is banal magic. They are objects that have to be explained.”
Behind the room with works by Cortés and Ro, visitors enter another room that contains a single piece by Zhong: “Hyperbuoyant Starch”. Her work includes blue sand, which is said to evoke other planets like Neptune, and a video installation.
The piece explores the “stickiness” and “strength” found in human relationships, communities, and atoms and molecules.
In the last gallery space there are Kim and Seo’s pieces. Upon entering, visitors trigger a motion sensor in Seo’s sculpture, which is referred to as “(Configure)” and which in turn triggers a shredding device mounted on the ceiling. When activated, this device shreds items of clothing that are wound on a wooden spool.
Seo said he wore these clothes when he lived in Korea. Seo said he has moved more than 37 times in his life and uses clothing to adapt to the different places he has lived.
Seo said he understands how society expects him to dress in Korea, but moving to the US changed his conception of clothing.
“It feels like there aren’t any here [an expectation]”Said Seo.” Or there is and it is so diverse.
Seo added that both his and Kim’s pieces contain mechanisms designed to allow them to continue working without their intervention.
“We both tried to control what viewers might feel but wanted random results,” said Seo. “Now we’ll just leave it to see what it’s going to be like afterwards.”
The Green Hall is located in the Yale School of Art at 1156 Chapel St.
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