PAUL MYODA / 41°52’40.0″N 71°44’37.0″W
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE > OCTOBER 13, 2017
OCTOBER 28 – JANUARY 27
Saturday, October 28, 6PM – 9PM
Saturday, 12PM – 5PM
Other Days By Appointment Only
PROVIDENCE, RI – Yellow Peril is pleased to present 41°52’40.0″N 71°44’37.0″W, an exhibition of wall-mounted and hanging illuminated sculptures by Paul Myoda from October 28 – January 27, 2018. The opening reception is Saturday, October 28, from 6PM – 9PM.
“I live near latitude 41°52’40.0″N and longitude 71°44’37.0″W. It is in the country, although that term is fading, like an old photographic plate. All places are feeling more superimposed, however haphazardly, peripheries pulled into centers. And due to the several hundred atmospheric atomic bomb tests since 1945, I imagine the thin layer of radioactive fallout covering the globe and embedded in my daughters’ bones and teeth. I try to see things through the eyes of my two daughters, ages five and nine, and realize that I have a better chance of smelling through the nose of a dog. They dig a hole, and we determine that the end of the hole is in the ocean, off the southwestern tip of Australia. Sharks there, better stop digging and look into some naturally occurring holes. Perhaps a chipmunk, snake! or a fairy’s underground home? Mysteries abound, enchantment all around. I have a portable microscope, through which we gaze upon all kinds of worlds. I think of William Blake’s Auguries of Innocence: to see a World in a Grain of Sand! Often we look at dead insects. The land is a small plot with about a hundred trees. A few are dead from a recent infestation of gypsy moths. I’ll cut them down and plant something else. I imagine the political atmosphere of my parents’ time, shortly after my birth, and the infamous quote by Mayor Daley in Chicago accusing young people of being nihilists, What trees do they plant? Perhaps paper-bark birch trees. The bark is loose, overlapping, so as to allow for maximum growth. Or perhaps I’ll just clear away even more to allow for sunlight and solar panels. I imagine everything outlined by imaginary frames of projective geometry, shooting off into infinity only to meet up again right where they started. Here, where we are, place-making. The ripples from splashing water breaking the mirrored surface. Reverse time, and backtrack the direction and frequency of the waves, to determine who pushed whom first. The indigenous people in the area were known as the Pequot and the Nipmuc tribes. They named the area after a recovered leather bag, perhaps dropped by an immigrant hunter, which they called the devil’s sack, or Chepachet. H.P. Lovecraft is said to have searched the area following rumors of a supernatural swamp, which he based his story “The Colour Out of Space,” 1927.”
41°52’40.0″N 71°44’37.0″W is a sculpture exhibition based on the spaces of this place, natural, supernatural, and otherwise. While the sculptures often begin as quick sketches, they are designed using various 3d modeling applications, and most of the components are cut and fabricated using computer controlled devices such as CNC routers, lasercutters, 3d printers and electrical discharge machines (EDM). The sculptures are made from cast acrylic, mirrored acrylic, vacuformed styrene, aluminum, high-density urethane (HDU), medium-density fiberboard (MDF), light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and hardware.
The opening reception for 41°52’40.0″N 71°44’37.0″W is Saturday, October 28, from 6PM – 9PM. The exhibition will conclude January 27, 2018. This is Paul Myoda’s second solo exhibition at Yellow Peril. His first solo exhibition was Glittering Machines in 2013. Myoda was the featured artist for the launch of Peligro Amarillo / Santurce, Yellow Peril’s outpost in the arts district of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2016.
About Paul Myoda
PAUL MYODA (b. 1967, United States) is a Japanese-American sculptor based in Rhode Island. Myoda is inspired by the underlying logic and mathematical principles of the natural world and applies them to his work with new media, technology and industrial materials. The results are compositions of light, motion, and form that find a balance and a beauty between the organic and built. His sculptures and installations are regularly exhibited both nationally and internationally. Myoda holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Yale University. Based in NYC from 1990-2006, Myoda was represented by the Friedrich Petzel Gallery, and was co-founder of Big Room, an art production and design collective in New York City. He was also a contributor to Art in America, Flash Art and Frieze. He is a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Warhol Foundation and Howard Foundation, among others. In 2001 he participated in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s World Views Program and had a studio on the 91st floor of WTC I. In March of 2002 he co-created the Tribute in Light in memory of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, which has since become an annual installation. Over the past decade, Myoda has been developing an extended series of interactive illuminating sculptures and sculptural installations that respond to the presence of viewers. Their design is informed by a wide range of forms, such as bioluminescent fauna, crystal morphology and religious nimbuses. An example of hybrid arts practice and cybernetic sculpture, the series bridges the disconnections and eases the anxieties of the post-industrial world through affect, presence and responsive gesture. His works are part of the collections of the Queens Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami and the Library of Congress, among others. He has had solo exhibitions of this series of works at the Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL; the Project 4 Gallery, Washington DC; the Yellow Peril Gallery, Providence, RI; the Maine Museum at the University of Maine; the Peligro Amarillo Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and the Plug-In Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey, in addition to numerous group exhibitions. He is represented by the Yellow Peril Gallery (Providence, RI, and San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Piero Atchugarry (Pueblo Garzón, Uruguay; Miami, FL; Bologna, Italy). He is an Associate Professor in Brown University’s Visual Art Department, where he has been teaching since 2006. For more info about Paul Myoda, visit paulmyoda.com.
About Yellow Peril Founded in 2011, YELLOW PERIL is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant, a historic mill complex in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The Gallery fosters art critiques from emerging, mid-career and established artists who have been featured in biennials and museum exhibitions, participated in top tier art fairs and acquired by private collectors worldwide. In 2016, Yellow Peril opened Peligro Amarillo / Santurce, its first outpost in the arts district of San Juan, Puerto Rico, for one year and one month. For more info about future exhibitions and projects hosted by Yellow Peril, visit www.yellowperilgallery.com.
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