Lychee One Gallery
38-50 Prichards Road London E2 9BJ
Kay Yoda and Virgile Ittah
Here Is Looking At You Exhibtion on from 12 Oct – 12 November 2014
Kai Yoda and Virgile Ittah collaborate on site specific art installations. Kai’s background is in photography and Virgile’s in Sculpture, and their show at the Lychee One Gallery is on until the 12th November 2014. Architecturally the dimensions of the industrial space are quite ordinary. Contrary to Kai’s and Virgil’s previous show where the walls were built entirely from wax, here the walls are painted white, the floor is left a mottled concrete grey and the sculptural elements installed combine to create textural complexity with minimal palette.
Alexander Garcia Düttmann has resorted to and expresses his thoughts about Kai and Virgil’s installation in prose. This textual piece can be read on the wall to the right of the entrance in which the bust of a woman is turned toward the partition wall leading to the main space. The head is exquisitely accomplished in a traditional style and her face is turned upon the chalky piece of leathery cloth or hide which hangs there. A few indecipherable streaks are incised in this, but it is not much of a map even if it could be construed as such. So what is she looking at or what are we to see in her?
As one wanders through into the second room my gaze is animated by the slowly rotating pair of long free flowing sails made from thin cloth that change the dimensions of what one sees. Quietly and near imperceptibly there come in and out of view the as yet indefinably shaped objects placed on the ground. Just as intermittent the visitor is included in this interplay of semi hide and seek and so I’m enjoying seeing the figures in the space also caught up in this cycle as people like myself are staring, a little aimlessly perhaps, or focusing on the other two perfectly rounded cone shapes.
All is colourless variations of whites except for the wooden armature from which the sails hang and from where they turn spherically around their axes. Also balanced from another pole and rope a clear piece of silicone catches and reflects light and drops fluidly. The messages are sensual and textural and the overall effect is one of silent timeless suspense in an atmospheric expanse.
Synonymous with looking out to sea or gazing out into the stars where all manner of mathematical poetics, and myths could spring to mind. Yet I can’t quite put my finger on in. My appreciation is more toward the intuitive than the verbal, and this is a good thing for I find that those works are the most promising and they often make for new departures in art. In my view this is why this exhibition is so successful, for inversely, it’s minimal approach allows for many interpretations and it in so many ways keeps you inspired long after you have left.