About the artwork
I often think about the sculptures that could be built from scraps found in vacant lots on Chicago’s South Side. The harsh Chicago wind is a key element in this monument’s design—blowing debris around it while breathing life into it. While many elements of the monument are terrestrial, like broken plywood and rocks, the materiality of its blackness appears otherworldly. We are witnessing a commemoration to the act of survival, where breaking free is being born.
Video by Oscar Arias / Courtesy of UTA Artist Space.
About Yashua Klos
Yashua Klos employs a unique process of collaging his own woodblock printed textures to engage ideas about Blackness as an adaptive material for survival strategies. Klos’s work has been shown in museums and galleries internationally, including the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Weatherspoon Museum in North Carolina, and...More about Yashua Klos
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From the Journal
Yashua Klos: Depicting a Space Between Static and Animate