Reception: July 18th @ 6PM – 7PM drinks to follow at Wine-Ohs, guests of UAS will receive a discount
Artist Talk: July 4th @ 6PM at UAS Satellite Gallery
“Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.” Proverbs 18:1
Exploring the notion of thought deprivation; Yules Wai will be centralized in a confined white space at the +15 glass window of UAS on weekdays from 3:30 to 5:30 from June 8th to July 31st.
Our culture today has become so dependent on obtaining self-knowledge that it has slowly drowned us and turned our thoughts black. It has become close to impossible for newborns nurtured into our society to take time to relax and spectate the beautiful things in life; the reason being, from childhood we are constantly bombarded with old and new information: how to live, how to dress, ethics, morals, self-identity, etc. Inevitably, we find ourselves lost and incapable, and for that reason, in order to find refugee, in all efforts, we block out our surroundings until we reach complete isolation from our own society’s insanity.
Over the course of two months, Wai will be writing down all thoughts on the glass window in front of me until it becomes completely black. In the end, he will be completely isolated from the audience, his identity be swallowed up; everything in front of his sight will also come to an end; alone and forgotten, Wai struggles and endures until his last breath.
About the Artist
Yules Wai is a Canadian Chinese Performance artist who has performed in numerous of exhibitions at venues, including ACAD, TRUCK gallery, the Banff Centre, and the Old Y.
While performing in public, Yules Wai engages the notion of live action by focusing on holding a space within his conscious state of mind; impacted through new information from the impulse and connection within the space he performs in. While spirituality reinforces the idea of human experience, his practice deals with freedom of our body, heart, and soul both physically and emotionally. His work attempts to bring the viewers in a state of reflection and uplifting experience.