Julia Wachtel & Anicka Yi at Transformer Station

Saturday, October 11, 2014 to Saturday, January 17, 2015
Rising to prominence in the early 1980s, Julia Wachtel focuses her artistic practice on the visual language of mass culture. The first institutional solo exhibition in 20 years, Julia Wachtel features the works for which she became known as well as recent paintings.Influenced by her Pictures Generation counterparts and the 1960s protagonists of Pop Art, Wachtel appropriates popular imagery to critique an increasingly media-saturated society. Her use of newspaper and magazine photography has given way to employing images now primarily culled from the Internet, making her paintings more relevant than ever. By juxtaposing grotesque and irritating painted cartoon characters with images of pop stars, nuclear power plants, and masks from so-called primitive cultures, Wachtel’s artwork grapples with the function and significance of images in modern society and the socio-political landscape of our time.A catalogue will be published by the Cleveland Museum of Art (distributed by Yale University Press) in conjunction with the exhibition and will feature 45 color plates of her artwork from the 1980s through today, essays by curator Reto Thüring and poet and critic Quinn Latimer, as well as a conversation between Wachtel and curator Johanna Burton.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 to Saturday, January 17, 2015
Anicka Yi makes artworks that confront today’s world, challenging the traditions of sculpture through unconventional materials and instability. Her work interacts with the viewer across a range of senses—such as smell—and pushes upon prevailing notions of gender roles, soft power, transparency, and posthumanism.In 2013 Yi began a trilogy of exhibitions to explore, as she has written, “the forensics of loss and longing,” creating work inspired by the very human emotions we attach to romance and daily life: Denial, Divorce, and now, Death. Following gallery shows in Berlin and New York, the Transformer Station will host the culmination of Yi’s trilogy, which will analyze the acceptance of what it means to be human. Presenting artworks from earlier in her career as well as new pieces making their debut in Cleveland, Anicka Yi: Death will include a unique installation design that will evoke both the sterility associated with death and the flurry of life before the final breath.Anicka Yi lives and works in New York City. Previous solo exhibitions include: Divorce, 47 Canal, New York; Denial, Lars Friedrich, Berlin; SOUS-VIDE, 47 Canal, New York, and Excuse Me, Your Necklace Is Leaking, Green Gallery, Milwaukee. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions at venues including the 12th Biennale de Lyon; Studiolo, Zurich; MoCA, North Miami; Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel; White Flag Projects, Saint Louis; Sculpture Center, New York, and White Columns, New York. She was awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in 2011. Upcoming projects include the Taipei Biennial and MIT Visiting Artist Program, Cambridge.

The exhibition and opening party are free to the public.Visiting Hours:
Wednesdays: Noon to 5pm
Thursdays: Noon to 8pm
Fridays: Noon to 5pm
Saturdays: Noon to 5pm
Transformer Station

1460 W 29th St, Cleveland, Ohio 44113