Ittah Yoda at Annka Kulty Gallery London

‘I think mango you say salmon’

Often I hear it said that there is nothing new in painting. But having seen and enjoyed the new and emotive installation , ’I think mango you say salmon’  by Ittah Yoda at Annka Kulty Gallery London on until the end of this week, I am convinced there will always new frontiers and borders to cross in painting and installation.

This new exhibition marks an other stage in Virgils Ittah’s and Kai Yoda’s collaborations and includes both sculpture and paintings.


Am I right to call them paintings though? pieces are wall mounted and paint has been applied in abstract gestures. But unlike in conventional paintings, here the layers that make up the work are transparent and delicately tinted gossamer fabrics are superimposed and these are individually mounted onto carefully designed frames leaving the layers visible.

The overall visual experience of the soft and delicate hues of pastel colour draw the visitor in to an atmosphere that is aesthetically relaxing and it takes time to ease oneself into the installation.  The arrangement of the individual pieces allows for the space around the work to be given as much importance as the objects themselves.

Much attention is given to the materiality and looking closely my senses are attracted to all the various tactile surfaces I am able to make out, and can’t touch because I m in an exhibition and I find it hard not to touch the clear transparent piece that is layered off the frame of one of the wall piece paintings and appears like a small watery puddle frozen in time. And I would like to run my fingers across the surface of the polished frames. These pieces are more than just wall hangings, nor are they paintings in frames because the frames are very much integral to and contrasting in the work.

There is an aquatic feel of the whole installation. I am invited to lie in one of the reclining chairs  and after a while I do begin to feel floaty and impressions of a new sunny and misty morning by the sea come to mind and the floor pieces and a winged ceiling piece remind of organic shapes found by the sea. This subtle calm inspiring installation lets the imagination drift into fragile and fleeting moments of memory. 

Kai Yoda’s and Virgil Ittah’s  collaboration here integrates their individual styles which come together in complementary and harmonious ways.


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