PAUL MYODA, 41°52'40.0"N 71°44'37.0"W (2017)
- Oct. 13, 2017
-- 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.