Josiah Wesley Yu

Josiah Wesley Yu

Josiah Wesley Yu is a multimedia artist and designer, focusing on practices of photography and film. Additional to these focus areas, he also is well versed in a wide spectrum of media arts and design. With a conceptual approach, his photography establishes links between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver.

These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence. By applying abstraction, he creates personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring viewers in ambiguity. His works directly respond to the surrounding environment and use everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. With a conceptual approach, he creates work in which a fascination with the clarity of content and an uncompromising attitude towards conceptual and minimal art can be found. The work is aloof and systematic and a cool and neutral imagery is used.

The Planet Doesn't Have Time For This

2017

The work I have produced was first realized during an experimental piece for an art film, we wanted to build a view of the world. We started experimenting using traditional film techniques to create such image, but further one was lost ourselves in the process, in burning through materials and giving off harmful gasses while we mixed these materials together. 

 

This process inspired me to pursue this further by actually using the most harmful liquids and materials to the environment to create the world.  This is how this work came to a realization. The hottest topic in the world right now about the world, global warming or global cooling, no one knows whats going on. working with the photographic medium for almost a decade, I have experienced many dangerous and life-threatening moments with this medium, and that got me to think about trying to create a work both toxic and yet environmentally friendly. 

 

I chose to create my photograph using gasoline, fungus, acids, pesticides, powdered aluminum, also including every material used to create traditional photography, even including alternative processes such as bleaches, palladium, and selenium. After experimenting and finding what worked and what didn't I then started capturing the chemical interactions and how it created ideas and segments reflecting on the world itself. I then chose to use a modern output of Latex print, which has been graded more economically friendly and biodegradable.

The Planet Doesn't Have Time For This, 2017

Previous Work for 'Love Letter: Be With You' in Sydney

The Look of Love

2017

His most recent work The Look of Love was shown in the 2017 Love Letter annual exhibition in Sydney. Here's a taster of his work, come to our gallery to find out what he is showing in his upcoming Solo! 

The concept of this project is loosely based on Dusty Springfield's - The look of love, where her song explores the

concept of a love story told through the eyes. Moreover Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. writing on "In the Name of Love" where he explains about the importance of the eyes and how they show love.

"The look of love

Is saying so much more than

Just words could every say"

-Dusty Springfield

This project is one on one conversation between the photographer and the subject, it's an intimate conversation about their love stories also includes music. I believe that these stories could be told through their eye's, and not by a manuscript or recordings of our conversation. Using minimal photographic techniques, I would want to reduce my impact on the photograph and let the subject create the image through their emotions.I make sure that I am there to listen, and for me to do that I am choosing to shoot film as I will not be distracted with looking into the image.

The Look of Love, 2017

2017 Love Letter: Be With You

The Look of Love, 2017

2017 Love Letter: Be With You

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HONG KONG

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