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Aaron Yassin: IMPEIBOCHK

Chambers@916
Portland OR – Feb 5-Mar 31, 2009

Aaron Yassin, IMPEIBOCHK 17

Aaron Yassin, IMPEIBOCHK 17 (2006), Fuji Crystal Archive print [Chambers@916, Portland OR, Feb 5-Mar 31]

Aaron Yassin, IMPEIBOCHK 11

Aaron Yassin, IMPEIBOCHK 11 (2006), Fuji Crystal Archive print [Chambers@916, Portland OR, Feb 5-Mar 31]

Aaron Yassin, IMPEIBOCHK 8

Aaron Yassin, IMPEIBOCHK 8 (2006), Fuji Crystal Archive print [Chambers@916, Portland OR, Feb 5-Mar 31]

Aaron Yassin is a New York-based digital media and video artist whose photo and video works reconfigure architectural imagery. The subject of his current exhibition is I.M. Pei's Bank of China tower in Hong Kong. Yassin splices cut and pasted digital photographs of the building, which is known by the acronym IMPEIBOCHK.

In the collage-like images, stark fragments of recognizable structures are mirrored and repeated in enigmatic abstractions that skew impressions of real representation. Yassin's kaleidoscopic pieces seem to refract light and matter into a multiplicity of patterns that elicit the ethereal and the infinite. Aesthetic and conceptual, the composites transform the tangible into quiet perceptual spaces.

Shown together with 18 photographic works, a projected video installation combines sound samples by Oliver Lyons from field recordings taken at the site. The video is set against images that slowly dissolve into one another. The audio creates an awareness of physical dimension and provides an experiential notion of time.

Yassin's work has been shown internationally in Taiwan, Argentina, Korea and Italy. He has also exhibited at PS 122 in New York and at the Jersey City Museum in New Jersey. Yassin received his BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994 and subsequently studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti Pietro Vannucci in Italy in 1997. In 1998, he earned an MFA from The American University in Washington, DC.

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Allyn Cantor


 Sat, Feb 14, 2009