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Amy Yao

Come to my opening!

May 1 – 28, 2010

Exhibition Poster
dyed photo mounted on homemade shelf
Two black and white paintings, hand covering mouth
Magnet shaped light fixture
light fixture, PVC pipe with bulb
Sculpture on gallery wall, torn paper reading 'china's embrace'

May 1st - May 28th, 2010
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 9th, 6-9pm
Special Mother’s Day performance: Sunday May 9th at 4pm


What does it mean?; Color use in the man-made environment, workplace, industry, hospitals etc. What is it they represent? He said: “Color is like politics.” These religions—everyone has their own physiological, visual psycho-diagnostic testing, art nightmare. I, however, try to under-go ergonomic, neuro-psychological, marketing, philosophy (and psychosomatic aspects of ornithology)— in short the universe! Students, dear honored Birren during the 2nd World War was able to reduce the accident rate in American factories for the guests— Thank you!


The Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, is pleased to present a solo
exhibition of work by Amy Yao. The exhibition will be comprised of
sculpture, painting, photography, performance, and installation.

By coyly implicating the obvious, Yao's work constructs a new political
framework for our psychological entrances and exits: free standing
doors become invitations to both interior and exterior spaces, wood
dowels adorned with enigmatic phrases hang as slippery landscapes,
and yellow banana and green cucumber fixtures are illuminated in a
way that interrogates assumptions and distorts our sense of direction.

Yao layers absurdities with a unique "trial by trial" method and deftly
employs a humor that draws from the overstated. Her works, often
constructed from mass-produced prefabricated materials, slice the
space between us and the uncertainties of the world they potentially
open to reveal. Acting as a threshold, they teeter on the fine line
between "accurate depictions" of emotive states and those that go
"over the edge," into surplus.


All in all, Yao's solo exhibition forgoes the desire for continuity and
metamorphoses the white walled space into an atmosphere where
refigured objects command emotion and provide alternative structures
for us to enter and exit; experience safety and insecurity; believe in
something and nothing.


The run of the show will be accompanied by a series of performances:
May 9th at 4pm: Amy Yao with Jacob Robichaux in conjunction with New York
Gallery Week
May 23rd: Tyson Reeder
May 28th: Yemenwed
TBA performances: June Fagley, Anicka Yi “Nuts in May”