Kota Ezawa: Boardwalk

When
Thu Apr 17 (full schedule below)
Where
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)
Time
12noon - 8pm, till 6pm on Sun
Tags
Arts, Museums, Modern Art Museums
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Description

San Francisco-based Kota Ezawa rebuilds a side view of the Seaside Heights boardwalk, which was devastated during Hurricane Sandy, in YBCA’s Third Street Courtyard. Boardwalks themselves hold a special place in the American imagination. In the aftermath of the storm’s destruction, the image of the recreated amusement park evokes a sense of melancholy for a form of entertainment endangered by rising seawaters and unpredictable weather patterns. Titled Boardwalk, this bold architectural structure is transformed—the amusement park becomes a sculpture, and a courtyard becomes an amusement park— revealing the shared visual and experiential elements between these two environments. Restoring the boardwalk by proxy, the project, in the artist’s words, acts as a type of "visual disaster relief."

Kota Ezawa often reworks images from popular culture and art history, making them simple yet recognizable. He has frequently addressed the idea of the "remake" in past animations and drawings that reproduce existing videos, films, or photographs; Boardwalk extends this thread in his practice to the areas of sculpture, architecture, and public life.

Schedule

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA
Thu Apr 17 (12noon - 8pm, till 6pm on Sun)
Fri Apr 18 (12noon - 8pm, till 6pm on Sun)
Sat Apr 19 (12noon - 8pm, till 6pm on Sun)
Sun Apr 20 (12noon - 8pm, till 6pm on Sun)
Thu Apr 24 (12noon - 8pm, till 6pm on Sun)

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Location

  1. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)
    701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA