Overlaps in the distinct practices of the two participants—especially in their treatments of history—are identified and enhanced via the sculptures, film, and photographs installed throughout the Garage Top space. Yang presents his film The Age of Guilt and Forgiveness (2016) as an attempt to look at Hiroshima seventy years after the end of World War II, highlighting the burden of history in the context of contemporary Japan. Balanced with Yonemoto’s Made in Occupied Japan (1998-ongoing)—eight porcelain figurines of imperial era Europeans with accompanying colonized peoples—and his photographs showing Asian men wearing U.S. Civil War uniforms from both armies, North South East West (2007), a viewer is pulled into considering how history is something constantly being edited and re-written in the present.
Yang’s film is shown within the installation A Maze and Observatory as a Memorial to the Past, which references the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Jantar Mantar observatory in Jaipur, India. The large-scale staircases and pedestals are counterbalanced by Yonemoto’s sculptural works of Kintsugi, the art of fixing broken pottery with a lacquer resin infused with powdered gold that the artist has adopted for broken contemporary objects and mass-produced commodities—an act of rebirth, renewal, and reconsideration in line with any other historical endeavor.
About Garage Exchange
In order to expand the cultural exchange at the core of the Artists and Architects-in-Residence program, The Austrian Federal Chancellery and the MAK Center invite Austrian and Vienna-based alumni residents to collaborate with L.A. artists and architects of their choosing at the Garage Top at the Mackey Apartments.
Previous exhibitions at the Mackey Garage Top:
Morgan Fisher / Karina Nimmerfall
Marko Lulic & Sam Durant
James Benning, and Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch. Fictitious Tales about the History of Earth
Andreas Fogarasi & Oscar Tuazón. Black Earth
Gerhard Treml & David Lamelas & Kaucyila Brooke. The Eden's Edge Project
Constanze Ruhm & Christine Lang and First Office
Bernhard Sommer & Neil M. Denari. Smooth Matter
Hans Schabus & The Center for Land Use Interpretation. Double Crossings
Sonia Leimer & Stephanie Taylor with Barbara Hammer. Bend a Bow
This exhibition series is made possible by the Austrian Federal Chancellery.