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My Temporary Self
“I have thought of this questions before. Why would I do this? I think it’s just my daily observation. You can see this in artists from the twenties or eighties- their art reflects the time they are living in. What we are doing- a lot of artist, young artists- is just reflecting the world we’re living in right now” – John Yuyi
John Yuyi is an artist that lives in New York City and has worked on international projects with Gucci and Chanel, among other brands along with being profiled by I-D, office, Nylon, Dazed , Bullet, the BBC and the New York Times. Yuyi was born 1991 in Taipei Taiwan.
“My Temporary Self” – the title of John Yuyi most recent body of work opened Sunday March 22 2018 at Make Room LA art gallery in China town, LA. I went to the opening of the art show with my friend and fashion photographer Justin Pham aka Ezra Café. “My Temporary Self” plays with the idea of the ephemerality of fame in the information age. John’s work depicts the female body and her own reflections on social media influence. She uses contemporary tattoos to generate visual manifestos. “John exploits the iconography of mass media by using her own body as part of the art to project these images onto. The different persona that John Yuyi uses in her work are just her “Temporary self” (Artists Statement, John Yuyi)
My favorite piece from the show would have to be the artist herself- Yuyi’s beautiful outfit was designed by her friend and fashion designer Robert Wun. The exhibition was organized by Emilia Yin, with a opening reception this past weekend. The show will run until April 22, 2018 at Make Room La 1035 N Broadway.
I wore a cropped hand painted leather Armature motorcycle jacket and an Armature 223 Rem double bullet ring to John Yuyi’s art show opening.
Here are a few Q&A I snapped from her artist statement book:
Her favorite movie character is /
Faye in chungking express
She feels good in /
Something dashing, like trousers from the 90s
She has a very special party trick /
I can balance a broom on my chin. Its something ive been able to do since high school. Im also good at guessing peoples star sign
If she had to be a character in a movie id be an assassin /
Carrying two guns, the highly skilled type
One of the biggest hopes is to learn how to handle her emotions properly /
I want myself to be able to control emotions, learn to let things go and be a calm person. Farewell , Depression
If she was to give advice to herself 10 years ago it would be /
I don’t care about what people say. Don’t be afraid of bullies and be nice. You will soon be free to be yourself. Don’t hate yourself for not getting into the high school you wanted, you’ll eventually be admitted to Shih Chien University and the days there will be some of the best days of your life!
She cannot forget the scent of her ex-boyfriend /
He broke my heart and gave me a lesson that I need to count on myself, both mentally and physically