Yarli Allison - Work


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Y A R L i   A L L i S O N


  /   林 雅 莉
  /   Surname - Lam
  /   B.88 Ottawa, Canada / Raised in British colonial Hong Kong
  /   Currently based between London, UK and Paris, FR


> * CV / Upcomings

Yarli Allison (b.88 Ottawa, Canada) was raised in British colonial Hong Kong.


Building upon her experiences of displacement, Yarli embodies ‘emotional geography’ studies to compose both sculptural and virtual fictitious scenarios that are seemingly hopeful and functional, yet on the verge of falling apart.

Often interacting with personas or creatures, these imagined worlds consist of her invented survival tactics and coping mechanisms. Yarli utilises the process of cognitive restructuring and belonging remapping to play with the sense of futility and the uncertain future of ‘what if’. Themes including border systems, datafication, and function creep are explored, along with skinships, queerness, and sexual objectification.

Yarli’s recent virtual reality generated work, referencing her early age refuge-seeking experiences with ‘digital gamification’ in cyberspace. They pose questions on sculpture’s physicality, mobility, and its preservation in the posthuman and dematerialised conditions to come. Despite this, she constantly returns to her sculpture-installation background, leaving strong raw-handcrafted traces in her work that emphasise accidents caused by human errors in the making.




Work-in-process, a VR sex dungeon, collaborate with Letizia Miro, 2020




BIO

Yarli is a Hong Kong-Canadian born, UK/Paris-based art-worker with a multidisciplinary approach that traverses sculpture, performance, digital, film, drawing and installation.

Yarli graduated in 2017 with an MFA first-class honour in Sculpture from The Slade School of Fine Art , University College London, UK, with the entry award of the year’s Yitzhak Danziger scholarship.

Yarli was selected as one of the Canadian artists to be presented at The State Hermitage Museum's Young Artists Program in St. Petersburg and 30 Under 30 at The Gardiner Museum, Toronto (2014). In 2017, Yarli co-curated a collective digital installation pop-up MEMEMEME in The Crypt Gallery at central London with 42 emerging artists across the world. Her directed film Elephant the Allison (2018) explores obsessions, imagined identity formation and digital dating experience as an queer Asian in the West, which the work was screened internationally in diverse Queer Film Festivals (2018-2020). She has exhibited at TAF_The Art Foundation, Athens (2018) and internationally in Venice, Hong Kong, New York, Madrid, Ireland, Berlin, Poland and Japan.

Yarli’s work was reviewed by Deborah Levy in Ivan Juritz Prize (2017), and featured in Vice and Aesthetica Magazine. In 2018, she was a guest speaker of Academic of Visual Arts, HKBU and The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster. She is a member of Asia-Art-Activism Network.

Her upcoming shows in 2020 includes ICA, London and Videotage Gallery, Hong Kong. Recent grants include Hong Kong Art Council Project Grant, and Zabludowicz collection Testing Ground Class.


> Upcoming & Past Exhibitions



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// 林 雅 莉 //

出生於加拿大,成長於英屬香港。
她以自身的游離經驗與「情感地理」的學說出發,虛構出以雕塑和數碼組成的情景。這些小說場景在現實中看似樂觀而實用,卻徒勞枉然地掛在搖搖欲墜的邊緣。

在作品的異想世界裡,她時常透過不同的怪奇生物和人物設定,切入我們所身處的社會構築。她意想求存策略和應對機制,重新定位歸屬慾和利用「認知再建構」的方法,於唏噓哀思感和未來不明確因素中嬉戲。探索主題涵蓋國界邊境、人類數據化、濫用的數據功能,亦包括肌膚之親、酷兒面貌和性物化等。

她近期製作含虛擬實境元素的作品,參考自年幼時,在網際空間以數碼遊戲工具尋找情感庇護的經驗,對後人類和非物質的時代,叩問實體雕塑的未來意義,以及其流動性和保存方式。然而,她仍繼續在作品中保留強烈的手造痕跡和豐富質感,強調製作過程中可一不可再的人為意外成果。

// 簡 曆 //

林雅莉是跨媒體藝術家,運用虛擬塑模、雕塑、錄像、裝置、詩詞和表演等媒介創作。她畢業於英國倫敦大學學院斯萊德藝術學院,入學時取得Yitzhak Danziger獎學金,並於2017年以一級榮譽修畢雕塑藝術碩士。

她的作品曾於世界各地展出,包括多倫多的加德納陶瓷博物館(2015)、俄羅斯聖彼得堡冬宮埃爾米塔日博物館(2016)、雅典TAF藝術基金(2018)、香港錄映太奇(2020)、英國倫敦當代藝術中心(2021)以及多個國際電影節(2018-2020)。

近日她得到多國的藝術資助計劃,包括香港藝術發展局的項目資助、加拿大文化局的海外藝術家資助及倫敦Zabludowicz大師班。2018年她在香港浸會大學出任客席講者,亦在同年接受英國廣播局電台(北愛爾蘭阿爾斯特地區)訪問。她是倫敦Asia-Art-Activism的成員。




Yarli Allison - Work YARLI ALLISON (b.88) is a Hong Kong-Canadian born, London-based artist with a multidisciplinary approach that traverses sculpture, performance, digital, film, drawing and installation.