Steve Jobs' Day Off
April 28th - May 22nd, 2016
OPENING: Thursday, April 28th from 6-9pm
The Hole is proud to announce the second solo exhibition at the gallery by LA-based artist Eric Yahnker. In the exhibition
Yahnker will unveil eight new works on paper, along with sculpture and installation.
“Steve Jobs' Day Off” is a considered exhibition looking obliquely at cultural forces in America and presenting a sort of
visual poem, open-ended and non-didactic, but at times mordant and definitely satirical. Gender stereotypes, generational
differences, political philosophies and personal prejudices are all triggered by his carefully concocted and luminously
rendered works on paper.
Using imagery from pop culture and recognizable people or products as a surface level entry point to each work, Yahnker
draws the viewer in to the deeper semiotic and sociopolitical concepts beneath. The artist seeks out points in his own
psyche that are dark or embarrassing or unresolved and exposes his own problematic personal perspectives to the public. A
bit of head-scratching is OK: confusion for the artist is a productive state of mind, a grey area where he thinks most of life
and especially politics resides.
For example how would one "explain" the work above, "King's Court" featuring to-scale renderings of LeBron James and
Michael Jackson playing defense in his loafers? It depicts two top performers in their performance attire, each somehow
making the other's outfit look ridiculous, but the scale is perhaps the most visually powerful aspect; how huge LeBron is,
his massive Nikes and giant deltoid muscle larger than Michael's head. Michael's virtuoso dance moves are juxtaposed to
James' goliath-like power and equal but different finesse. In the presentation of two examples of male masculinity and
prowess, James has home court advantage being on a basketball court, however Jackson seems in charge, unperturbed, and
having a better time; after all it is titled "King's Court."
Other drawings in the show include a giant decontextualization of the Reuben's painting "Rape of the Daughters of
Leucippus" where the overly-casual central female is landing a layup over her captor's heads; "Hang In There" features a
slumbering vampire bad hung pendulously under the tight-jeans covered crotch of an anonymous dude; "Bong Gone" is a
meditation on utopia with a phallic bong full of very chill dolphins; while other works include high heels, hybrid cars,
what looks like Sarah Palin and a beautiful shirtless Picasso drinking a Frappuccino.
Intentional visual and conceptual ambiguities act as a Rorschach Test to the individual viewer; depending on where you
are coming from, "Steve Jobs' Day Off" could prove to be way more disturbing than a walk in the park. More complete
information on the works will be at the gallery and on our website after the opening.
For more information about the artist and to preview works in exhibition please email firstname.lastname@example.org.