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Exhibition
Kota Ezawa: Boardwalk
June 28, 2013 - November 30, 2015
Third Street Courtyard

Overview

Kota Ezawa: Boardwalk
Jun 28, 2013 – Nov 2015
Third Street Courtyard

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.

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  • Kota Ezawa: Boardwalk
    June 27, 2013 – November 30, 2015

    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. 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."

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Artist Bio

Kota Ezawa is a San Francisco-based artist who often reworks images from popular culture, film and art history, stripping them down to their core elements. His simplified versions remain easily recognizable and potent, the result of a process that illuminates the hold certain images have on their viewers. Working in a range of mediums such as digital animation, slide projections, light boxes, paper cut-outs, collage, print, and wood sculptures, Ezawa maintains a keen awareness of how images shape our experience and memory of events. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Hayward Gallery Project Space, London; Artpace, San Antonio; and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. He participated in group exhibitions at Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; and Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Boardwalk is made possible through the generous support of the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District's Community Benefit Fund, Samira Rahmatullah, Munir Alam and Savant Investment Group, LLC Charitable Foundation.

YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
Adobe
Koret Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Exhibitions 13-14 is made possible in part by:
Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, Meridee Moore and Kevin King, the Creative Ventures Council and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

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