Yaron Michael Hakim
My work draws on personal history, namely the rootlessness of my peripatetic early life and my interstitial experiences of global culture. Hovering between abstraction and figuration, my practice builds on an ongoing interest in ritual, the sublime, history, wanderlust, place, and placelessness. My paintings mine, among other sources, visual elements drawn from the Los Angeles cityscape, indigenous textiles and patterns, remote islands in an atlas, and research into my ancestral linage as discovered through an mtDNA test. Painted on used Dacron (polyester) sailcloth and pinned directly onto the wall, the materials I use subtly suggest a hidden narrative of movement and utility. These works reflect the richness of subjective encounters with “foreign” places.