Pollution

Contemporary Artist Anicka Yi’s Exhibition “Metaspore” Metaphorically Expresses the Process of “Proliferation” | Online Magazine “AXIS”

▲Anicka Yi “Biologizing the Machine (spillover zoonotica)” (2022)
Exhibition view, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2022
Commissioned by Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan
Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo Agostino Osio

New York-based contemporary artist Anicka Yi’s exhibition “Metaspore” from Seoul, South Korea will be held at the Pirelli Hangar Biccoca showroom in Milan, Italy, on July 24, 2022.

He creates works by combining language and themes in a wide range of fields, from philosophy to biology, politics and science fiction. Collaboration is the foundation and over the years he has collaborated with experts in various fields and has had conversations with different people in the studios he hosts.

▲Anicka Yi “Biologizing the Machine (spillover zoonotica)” (2022)
Exhibition view, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2022
Commissioned by Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan
Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo Agostino Osio

Featuring more than 20 installations from 2010 to the present, the exhibition offers sensory and synesthetic experiences while questioning the boundaries between the natural and the artificial, the human and the non-human, the material and the immaterial. .. You can appreciate works that use materials related to touch and smell, as well as works that use perishable and industrial materials to challenge unchanging things like sculpture and installation.

It also reveals fundamental themes of his practice, such as the coexistence of various organisms, inhuman forms of knowledge, identity and social injustice.

▲Anicka Yi “Metaspore”, exhibition site, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2022
Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo Agostino Osio

▲Anicka Yi “Metaspore”, exhibition site, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2022
Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo Agostino Osio

▲ Anicka Yi “Skype Sweater” (2010/2017)
Exhibition view, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2022
Courtesy of the artist, 47 Canal, New York, Gladstone Gallery and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo Agostino Osio

He coined the title of the exhibition, which was inspired by the biological world and included the word “spore”, a cell that reproduces without the need for sexual reproduction. The concept of “metaspore” is a metaphorical expression of the “proliferation” process of pollution and polluting the surrounding environment, which he incorporates into his work.

▲Anicka Yi “Metaspore”, exhibition site, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2022
Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo Agostino Osio

▲Anicka Yi “Metaspore”, exhibition site, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2022
Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo Agostino Osio

The exhibition also publishes a comprehensive collection of essays on him, including detailed data on exhibited works, a visual chronology of solo exhibitions, and a glossary specially crafted in collaboration with him, it seems.end

▲Anicka Yi “Immigration Caucus” (2017)
Exhibition view, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2022
Courtesy of the artist, 47 Canal, Gladstone, New York
Gallery and Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan
Photo Agostino Osio

▲Anicka Yi “Metaspore”, exhibition site, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2022
Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo Agostino Osio

▲ Anicka Yi “Symbiosis Bread” (2014)
Exhibition view, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2022
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
Gift from Chara Schreyer
Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo Agostino Osio

▲Anicka Yi “Symbiosis Bread” (detail, 2014)
Exhibition view, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2022
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
Gift from Chara Schreyer
Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo Agostino Osio

▲ Anicka Yi “12 Synesthesia Crayons” (2015)
Exhibition view, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2022
Yuz Foundation Collection
Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo Agostino Osio

▲ Anicka Yi, “When Species Meet Part 2 (Plant Psychology)” (2016)
Exhibition view, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2022
Courtesy of the artist, 47 Canal, New York, Gladstone Gallery and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo Agostino Osio

▲ Anicka Yi “Shameplex” (detail, 2015)
Exhibition view, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2022
Museum of Modern Art, New York
21st Century Fund, 2017
Courtesy of the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo Agostino Osio

▲ Anicka Yi “The Bitch of New York, I May Divorce You” (2014)
Exhibition view, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan, 2022
Courtesy of the artist, 47 Canal, New York, Gladstone Gallery and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan
Photo Agostino Osio

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