Speed Bumps 2014, coloured pencil on paper
Fingering Crisco 2014, coloured pencil on paper
Full Bloomberg 2014, coloured pencil on paper
Six-Stings Succulent, 2014 artificial cactus, guitar, scarf
Wrecking Ball, 2014, coloured pencil on paper
Crimean River, 2014, charcoal and graphite on paper
Soon-Yi, 2014, graphite on paper
Sittin’ on a Rainbow, 2014, 10 Mariah Carey LP’s
Short Shorts Shorty, 2014, plaster, shorts.
Sticks and Drones is a witty and concise exhibition covering a well-trod topic; the sickly sweet American dream. How a nation sells itself through sex, Budweiser and pop. Half a century on from Warhol, Hamilton and the rest, Eric Yahnker brings a refreshingly suggestive and cynical edge to the Pop Art genre. In fact ‘Fingering Crisco’ 2014, could be seen as direct comment on Pop Art and how we look at those artworks through our cynical 21st century eyes.
Yahnker questions the state of the nation. Obama looks out of the White House and what does he see? Miley Cyrus on the wrecking ball. The Woody Allen step-daughter scandal is alluded to shrewdly through the semiotics of Yoon Yi’s name written with Woody Allen’s face replacing the OO’s.
Not only does sex sell, it keeps the economy afloat; the OO’s in Bloomberg are replaced by two huge breasts. Fish net underwear straddles wooden cut-outs of the US map which have been made into a hanging mobile.
Yahnker’s work is well executed, fresh and amusing. You can see why he has worked on projects such as South Park and Seinfeld. His sense of humour is on point and tuned in. Paradise Row is on to a winner of a show.