17 MARCH 2018 – 28 APRIL 2018

FRIDAY 16 MARCH 2018, 6:00PM-8:00PM


For YYZ Artists Outlet David Yu presents new work developed from his research in performance practice, specifically the intersection between performance, installation, and sculpture. Between you and I playfully investigates notions behind heterotopias, object oriented ontology, and relational aesthetics, examining formal structures of sculpture and installation situated within a gallery context whilst punctuated with the performative act/gesture. The works provocatively open up avenues for a more visceral experience, calling on the viewers to actively insert themselves within the work both consciously and involuntarily. Subtle participatory cues signal to viewers that further engagement is necessary, be it participating and negotiating physically, pondering the validity, and investigating more in depth all whilst playing with the predisposition and stigma that both gallery spaces and “art often carry with them.

The artist positions himself within the creator catalyst role that generates situations for viewers to negotiate. With much of his work there is an element of social experimentation, garnering responses through a reaction to planned situations. Ultimately David aims for a blurring between a constructed situation and a “real situation.

DAVID YU  is a multimedia, installation, and performance artist that currently practices out of Toronto. He received a Masters in Fine Art from The Slade School of Fine Art in London, UK (2008) and his Bachelors in Fine Art from the Ontario College of Art and Design (2006). Until recently David practiced in London, U.K., exhibiting work throughout Europe and abroad. His exhibition record includes: a one month durational performance during the exhibition Onderweg at Cultuurcentrum Zwaneberg, Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium (2017); a solo exhibition at MART Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2015); participation with Flux Night 2012 (Nuit Blanche Atlanta, Georgia) with a multichannel video installation, Small Meteorites, projected within five vehicles; a city wide art installation commissioned and curated by the Duncan and Jordanstone College of Art and Design (2011), funded by the Scottish Arts Council; a solo exhibition at the Monster Truck Gallery in Dublin Ireland (2011); a Triangle Arts Trust residency and solo exhibition at the Kuona Trust Gallery in Nairobi, Kenya (2011). This summer David will be participating in a residency and organizing a solo exhibition with The Orleans Gallery in Ottawa.

David Yu would like to acknowledge the generous support of YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Alex Bowron, Adam Brandejs, Danielle Greer, Mathew Birch, Ritchie Cheung, Talia Greenberg, Cailin Cser, Ben Carson, Karen Yu, Laura Moore, and James Rollo for making this exhibition possible.