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Eric Yahnker

January 8, 2013 by 5790projects in Art, Emergent with 0 Comments

In addition to being a consummate draftsman in the most technical sense, Eric Yahnker should also be considered an incisive satirist. Initially, his colored pencil and graphite drawings – as well as his found object sculptures and installations – incite the reaction of a well-crafted joke; but function as more than mere visual one-liners. Ensconced in Yahnker’s faithful (but comically warped) reproductions of historical and pop cultural icons, products, and symbols is a bitter pill just beneath a deliciously farcical surface. While the artist pulls us in with his shrewd wit and remarkable execution, he furtively grapples with the sociopolitical unpleasantries of prejudice, hero worship, objectification, and cultural egocentrism; begging the question: why are we laughing? Manipulating these semiotics to reveal the ridiculous nature of our skewed hierarchy of values, Yahnker mischievously manipulates the prescribed icons of history and pop culture to better acquaint us with our less respectable selves. www.ericyahnker.com

Virgin birth n’ turf. Lisa Williamson. installation photo. The hole, NYC, 2012

Virgin birth n’ turf. installation photo. The Hole, NYC, 2012

 

Chili Fries without a face colored pencil on paper. 72 x 72 inches, 2011

Chili Fries without a face colored pencil on paper. 72 x 72 inches, 2011

About 5790projects

5790projects is a curatorial entity that produces quarterly pop-up exhibitions in Los Angeles, and was founded by Catlin Moore and Matthew Gardocki in 2011. Moore is the Director of Mark Moore Gallery (Culver City, CA), where Gardocki is also Assistant Director. Gardocki studied at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, and is one of the founding members of Igloo Tornado arts collective. Moore is completing her MA at California State University, Long Beach, and is a contributor to several art publications, including Daily Serving, Beautiful/Decay, and ArtLog.

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