Ko Kirk Yamahira
Acrylic and graphite on partially unwoven canvas with wood
46 x 90 in. (116.84 x 228.6 cm)
Purchased with funds partially provided by Seattle Art Fair, 2019.007
Seattle-based artist Ko Kirk Yamahira meticulously removes individual threads from the weave of his canvases, deconstructing his paintings and turning surface into form. In this work, the artist has created two detached segments linked with loose threads by pulling out the vertical strands in the middle section of the canvas and then stretching the intact ends around separate wooden frames. Yamahira does not prescribe a fixed orientation for his pieces, making the arrangement presented here but one of many possible configurations.
The shape of this sculptural work resembles an accordion. Two solid black rectangular canvases are hung on the wall and connected by medium, gray-colored threads, running along the entire length of the rectangles.