While the Asian art market has been on fire, art collectors have been looking at contemporary Asian artists who have deservedly earned the spotlight.
On view, through June 16 in New York City’s Pier 57, you can catch Garson Yu’s T.I.N.Y. exhibition which will be open daily from 9AM – 7PM.
Garson Yu is best known for his creative motion graphics design, including the acclaimed title sequences and graphics work for movies such as Life of Pi, Oz the Great and Powerful, Watchmen, 300, The Walking Dead, among other films, games, and television shows. He has conceptualized and created The Interactive New York (T.I.N.Y) to interact with an existing shipping container installation, a multi-sensory experience inspired by New York City as a living organism, where visitors will interact with video and sound reminiscent of traveling in the city. T.I.N.Y will transform New York’s famous Pier 57 into a rumbling, flickering subway ride to Elmhurst, Coney Island and beyond.
The Pier 57 Marina space will also feature Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Butcher’s Daughter, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, Cold Process Coffee, Soludos Espadrilles and Grey Area throughout the summer.
Young Woo and Associates (YWA) is excited to bring an interactive multimedia public art installation by artist Garson Yu to the Marina at P57. The Marina at P57 is a temporary art space created at the entryway to Pier 57, which features a “magic carpet” sculptural installation of 36 hanging shipping containers designed by Madrid based architecture firm CH+QS Arquitectos.
Shipping containers are arranged inside the warehouse, linked end to end length-wise in a layout similar to a subway train. Visitors enter through one end, and then pass through the containers, just like walking through the cars of a subway train. From inside the cars, they can see moving images of everyday life in New York projected onto containers along either side. The projected images show subway scenes, as well as scenes of childhood memories. There is an ambient audio track built around the rhythmic rumble of a subway train, and layered with city sounds. Walking further into the installation, visitors become participants on their way through– they are encouraged to yell and make different vocal sounds into microphones that trigger motion of the visuals. Another level of participation is found in a sound hunt, where they are prompted to search for audio “easter eggs” hidden throughout the installation. The participants will discover isolated sounds and use what they hear to craft their own unique story by piecing the sounds together. They will write down their stories to contribute to the collective memory of T.I.N.Y. participants.
The opening night of the exhibition will include a special performance by artist Paul Miller (DJ Spooky) with his own interpretation of the soundscape of the installation remixed to synchronize with the visuals.
Garson Yu said, “As a student I always wanted to design children’s playgrounds, and this is an opportunity to create something almost like an interactive carnival for families and people of all ages to come play and have fun. My hope is for this to evoke the richness of a full range of memories and emotions. I’m bringing the kind of thinking behind the film projects that I work on in Hollywood, and hope to create an immersive interactive experience that affects everyone based on their personal memories. New York is an important part of my artistic life, and it is great to come back here with this show.”
Having previously lived in New York and exhibited in various group shows, T.I.N.Y marks Garson’s return to the city where he began his art career. P57 looks forward to celebrating T.I.N.Y as well as being a larger platform for showcasing both global and emerging talent to be pushed to the NYC forefront.
About Garson Yu
Garson Yu was born in Hong Kong, and immigrated to America in 1983 to pursue his art education. He attended the Swain School of Design in Massachusetts where he studied with painter David L. Smith. Garson continued his studies at the Yale School of Art, where he received his MFA in Graphic Design. While studying graphic design, he continued to pursue his studio art study with Bernard Chase, Lester Johnson and Erwin Hauer. Upon graduating in 1987, he was honored with the Alexei Brodovitch Prize in Graphic Design.
Garson left New York, relocating to Los Angeles in 1993. 4 years later he founded yU+co, a design company specializing in film title design and motion graphics for film/TV and new media. Once established in Hollywood, Garson worked with filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Zack Snyder and John Woo. Garson has worked on over 150 film and TV Network projects. He has won numerous awards and honors for his title design and motion graphics work including an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Title Design plus four other Emmy nominations, the New York Art Directors Club Award, three BDA Awards, a Monitor Award, ID Magazine International Design Award, HOW Magazine International Design Award, AIGA Design Award and the Eyes and Ears of Europe Award.
For more information, visit: www.yuco.com