Guttin’ n Out, 2017
Installation, found materials, mixed medium, and video projection
Haena Yoo (b. 1990, Seoul, South Korea) is an installation artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her MFA at Art Center College of Design. Her primary media are sculpture and installation constructed with video, found materials, sound, smell in order to explore theme of labor, identity, and global capitalism. She deals with matters of cultural diversities and globalization, in terms of major and minor, in particular how one person/community can be related to another social position. She uses a variety of different materials, some of which are borrowed from minor culture. Using these objects provides an element of defamiliarization, and also signals her interest in real-world concerns.
The installation is conceived of street markets in Los Angeles. The three umbrella tables are DIY sculptures made of found materials from the Alameda Swap Meet, Chinatown, Koreatown, or South LA. I want them to imply the levels of the classes, the urgency of circumstance, and the lives of survivalism (with my limited access.) Local street markets have been universal throughout history, but are now becoming more specialized for tourism or are in decline due to the expansions of big corporate supermarkets. Overtaken by global franchises, we’ve become more familiar with packaged food and invisible labors. Furthermore, as Mike David says, we’re witnessing an accumulation of objects and people becoming surplus in the late capitalism, as we wander, trying to nd the access or exit. In my own market, the ow of people, capital, and pure ideas is present, yet there also exists instability. Left behind the scenes of street market, unpredictable market forces overwhelm us. In the midst of this we sometimes feel estranged and alienated.