Wave Hill Sunroom Project Space Fall 2012 Crystal Z. Campbell & Yeon Ji Yoo
Meet the Artists: Saturday, Sept 1, 1:30PM
In the early fall, Crystal Z. Campbell and Yeon Ji Yoo engage the Sunroom Project Space in Glyndor House at Wave Hill with site-specific works inspired by local social and natural history.
Campbell’s installation, Usable Pasts, critically examines historical material, exploring the gaps in our social and cultural collective memory. Finding little information on the workers, servants and possible slaves who helped maintain the property of Wave Hill, Campbell undertakes a hypothetical excavation, exhuming “artifacts” from Wave Hill’s past to revive voices that have been buried along with objects that can no longer be handled, remnants and traces that can never be fully reconstituted. Archival images will also be on display.
Yoo addresses the patterns of history, generations and regeneration in nature in a site-specific sculptural installation in the Sun Porch. The Fight is a highly personal reflection on the nature of memory, and pays homage to her grandmother who suffered dementia during the last years of her life. An imaginary woodland composed of translucent trees, flora, dying fauna and diabolical roots, the project explores ideas about the natural cycles of death, decay, renewal and growth.
Organized by Assistant Curator Gabriel de Guzman, the Sunroom Project Space provides an opportunity for New York-area emerging artists to exhibit site-specific work in a solo show. The Sunroom Project Space is supported in part by the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation and The New York Community Trust. Additional support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Anonymous, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Sustaining support for Wave Hill is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.