Two exhibits at YAM Gallery

By Adolfo Caballero

Happy City

In this photography exhibition by Kurt Hollander, more than a dozen love motels rise up together along a single inner-city highway full of car repair shops, gas stations and industrial parks in Santo Domingo, the capitol city of the Dominican Republic. Some of the motels were designed to look like exclusive suburban communities, with small houses spread out along inner courtyards flanked by palm trees, while others look like regal palaces with majestic cupolas. The oldest motel was built in 2000, while the newest (Happy City) was built only five years ago, and most are owned and run by mainland Chinese businessmen.

“Happy City” and “New & Monumental”
Tue, Sep 26, 7pm
YAM Gallery
Ancha de San Antonio 20 int.1

At any give time dozens of couples are having intimate relations in each motel, yet everything occurs in total privacy and anonymity. The motels are specifically designed to keep people from seeing and being seen, and thus there is never any interaction between guests and staff or guests and guests. Cars, many with tinted windows, pull off the highway and into an unoccupied garage, the garage door descends and the couple leaves the car without anyone seeing them. This invisibility allows people of all sexual persuasions to use these gigantic love motels as their own private pleasure palaces. Although the sexual activity is always out of sight, loud music is to be heard coming from all directions, often accompanied by loud groans or shouts.

The photographs, taken at dawn or dusk and without any people in frame, are intended to accentuate the emptiness of this architecture of desire, leaving it to the viewer to imagine what goes on behind the closed doors. Like love motels, people tend to spend only a couple of hours in a museum, and both of these transitory spaces are designed to stimulate people’s imagination in a fantasy setting. By placing photographs within a sexual setting devoid of sexual images and activity, the photographs become the objects of desire.

New & Monumental

The new series of paintings by the Canadian artist Adam Chamandy explores the language and format of contemporary painting, combining several scales and techniques.

We are proud to present three different bodies of work produced during this year at the artist’s studio in San Miguel de Allende. This was after his participation at the Salon de Dessin 2012 & 2013 at the Atelier Richelieu with YAM Gallery and his presence in the international exhibition “Replicants” in Galerie Talmart, located in one of the international Meccas of contemporary art — the Parisian Marais. Adam gained major recognition by the critics and the collectors, having reviews in important media such Connaissances des Arts, France tv, Art tv, Paris Capitol,, etc. This is the second solo show by Chamandy at YAM Gallery.

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