Aki Sasamoto: Yield Point

Photo: Jason Mandella

Comprising an installation (with lighting design by Madeline Best) as well as bi-weekly performances (in which the artist was sometimes accompanied by saxophonist Matt Bauder or singer-songwriter Alsarah), Aki Sasamoto's Yield Point explored the limits of physical material. Be it through a high-definition video of a plastic bag being stretched with a tensile testing machine, electroluminescent wire pulled taut throughout the gallery, or the artist's jumping on the springs of a trampoline installed at the bottom of an empty dumpster, Sasamoto actively tested the breaking—or yield—points of her various materials. In so doing, Sasamoto gestured at the need for sufficient elasticity—both of everyday objects and in life itself. This exhibition was curated by Tim Griffin and Matthew Lyons as part of The Kitchen L.A.B.: POSITION.

 

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