Jason Yi in Time and Space

Jason Yi's artwork very often takes on the context of time and space. One of the things that really stood out to me during his talk was his background in architecture, which shapes the way he looks at a space. 

Location can dictate what we see and change our perception of what we see.
The structure and design of a room tells us how to use it.

“Terraform” for me embodies these two statements. The lines of the statues follow a certain pattern, even when I don’t necessarily understand why they are present. When standing in a certain spot of the room, all the cones point to a certain light, which is directed at the three pieces on the wall. These small relationships transform a space and the things within it into a cohesive and beautiful environment.

In terms of his other projects, “Familiar” represented for me the nature of our existence, which is made up of moments that stand out to us, and define us. They form a pattern in space and time. Each spark is a memory, and together they form the fire that is our life.

The sound adds to the images to continue the underlying theme of memory, and the fact that it’s on a loop creates a space in which that memory is allowed to survive and thrive forever. 


  1. I think you make a great point here. The angle from which a person sees Yi's work changes the image that we see. It also changes our understanding the space that we are in.

  2. Yeah... yeah!! His experimentation with space is pretty interesting. Like you said, his exhibition in Wriston incorporates several pieces that form a cohesive environment, and this idea of working on-site and playing around with a unique space and time is an interesting approach.

  3. Hannah, I definitely agree that Yi's idea of "terraforming" by working with a given space is fascinating and has a unique commentary on how we traditionally evaluate the aesthetic of that space, and it should be explored more often by other artists, aspiring or not. I however wasn't exactly sure how that video he showed really had any real relevance to the projects he's working on now. I thought the main purpose of his art was challenging people's perception of what physically possible, and not the importance of memory. I personally thought it distracted from the purpose of his coming here in the first place, which I thought was to go in-depth as to why he pursued art after a long run in architecture and why he chose the medium of zip-ties, neither of which he didn't really explain well.


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