There's Nothing Natural About This
In collaboration with Christalena Hughmanick
Opening 6-9pm, February 3, 2018
February 3-16, 2018
1448 W. Howard St.
Chicago, IL 60626
The site specific installation work There’s Nothing Natural About This by Chicago artists Anne Yafi and Christalena Hughmanick looks at the spacial and temporal relationships between nature, architecture, the body and ownership of space. Yafi’s three-dimensional grid drawing makes subtle attempts in subverting its art historical origin through her use of a tactile craft material (pipe cleaners) and the intuitive application of color, while rejecting a narrative or sequential reading of any kind. Hughmanick’s quilted components take aesthetic cues from the ancient Roman architecture of Aquincum, using its slow deterioration over the past 2000 years to consider the relationship between human building and nature. Material choices reinterpret ancient building material and the level of function presented in the resulting works aims only to be graphic.
Group Show, SYNKHRA Library
Curator, Coley Mixon
Opening 5-9pm, January 4, 2018
300 S. Washington St.
Seattle, WA 98104
Artist-in-Residence, ACRE Residency, Steuben, WI, summer 2017
Does it Feel Delicious
Kruger Gallery Chicago, Chicago, IL.
3709 Southport Ave.
April 20 - June 24, 2017
Opening reception, April 20, 6-8pm
Anne Yafi’s multi-media work exists at the intersection of drawing, painting and sculpture, creating playful works that combine traditional mediums with found materials. Color relationships play a key role in guiding Yafi’s choices with these elements. Op and Pop Art are art historical touchstones, as are the color palettes and aesthetics of Scandinavian Modern design, which Yafi recalls being immersed in during her childhood years. This visual sensibility influences her use of line, pattern and color, as well as informing the restraint that tempers these elements.
Does It Feel Delicious will present new paintings on panel and canvas alongside three-dimensional works constructed from pipe cleaners. The panel paintings are process-based, beginning with the use of gesso as a textural medium, “creating a topography that would determine, but more importantly - invite a tactile response i.e. mark making. The repetition of painted lines and other markings are a documentation of that process and therefore the primary determining factor in the creation of imagery.” The resulting works exhibit a sensory interplay of color, surface and form, functioning simultaneously as image and object.
The pipe cleaner works see Yafi extend a painterly approach to this unconventional material, working intuitively with line and color in three dimensional space whilst exploiting the contradictory qualities of the material. As she explains, “[Pipe cleaners] are exceptionally lightweight and tactically inviting, yet withstand gravity and provide a hidden strength and functionality that belies their appearance.”
No Illusions - New work Anne Yafi
1856 N. Richmond Ave.
August 26 - September 12, 2016
Opening reception, August 26, 7 -10pm
Anne Yafi, Fresh Work
Free Range Gallery
3257 W. Lawrence Ave.
January 15 - February 5, 2016
Opening reception, Friday, January 15, 7 - 9pm
Art Expo Chicago, SAIC, Curator Kori Newkirk
Navy Pier, September 18 - 20, 2015