Milwaukee-based artist Jason S. Yi was in Sculpture Milwaukee’s inaugural exhibition in 2017. His piece, The Legend of The White Snake has has found a permanent home outside of the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, WI. Another of his works, Plume 02 is on view at the St. Kate Hotel. His work has been featured around the globe in countless exhibitions and can be found in the permanent collections of the Kamiyama Museum of Art in Japan, The Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, the Edward F. Albee foundation in New York, the Milwaukee Art Museum and others.
Our Director of Curatorial Affairs and Education, Marilu Knode reached out the artist to ask how he's keeping busy in this time of extreme flux.
MK: What books are you reading?
JSY: I discovered a S. Korean author named Han Kang when I was traveling abroad this past fall. Although her stories are sentimental and not so uplifting (considering the current situation), they are contemplative and great for solitary reading. Books I've read recently and reading currently—The White Book and The Vegetarian.
MK: What are you working on in your studio right now?
JSY: I have been interested in the idea of plumes (specifically, plumes trails from launched missiles) [see upper right corner of studio.] I am conflicted with how I view these plumes as they can be characterized as phenomenologically beautiful but reveal insidious intentions. I am processing how this idea is affected by the pandemic since the situation is so much in flux.
The perforated surface is silver metallic paint imprinted on to the spray foam casts. With this, I am emphasizing the ephemeral, amorphous and atmospheric qualities of plumes.
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