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Proximity Drift
Andrew Yong Hoon Lee & Charlie Perez-Tlatenchi
September 2 - October 1, 2023

Proximity Drift is a speculative installation realized by Andrew Yong Hoon Lee & Charlie Perez-Tlatenchi. Born exactly one zodiac calendar cycle apart during the year of the dog, this project brings together thematic concerns of how the act of remembering articulates a past as it implicates and animates the future. Both artists build off their respective practices that together span photography, video, sound, and sculpture. The resulting installation is a field of moments where the temporal and the territorial collapse. The exhibition layers multiple timelines that juxtapose two sets of histories whose boundaries appear as they overlap. Planes of memory open up and move beyond the figural, creating palimpsests of images and sound that are in flux between worlds.

Charlie’s contributions diffracts his collage practice into a composite of photographic portals that pushes the scene further into a devotional realm. The portals invoke a greater presence while inevitably doubling down on the materiality of the present space. Andrew creates a musical togetherness by juxtaposing images and sounds that produce new affective economies of relationships between beings, things, and the natural world. These contrasts are brought together within the exhibition and produce a situation where one must think with the constructed space and its occupants.

Andrew Yong Hoon Lee works with sound, image, and text, utilizing methods where one materiality speaks in the voice of another. His practice requires experiential responses, often focusing on memory and movement as they relate to the body. Andrew’s inter-spatial approach speaks through modular constructions that combine his works to morph into site-sensitive installations. His work as a musician also provides a set of metaphorical throughlines that are revealed to those who listen.

Charlie Perez-Tlatenchi maintains a practice grounded in photography, focusing on the street-level language of images as they circulate under the shadows of globalization. The work reflects on histories unseen but their effects are felt to this day. Displacement is present in the treatment of iconography fragmented and cut out, creating new spaces of diasporic home in the process. Charlie comes from the periphery of a center (Sunset Park, NYC), where the constant intercultural exchange that permeates throughout is reflected in his work and process.

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