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Ko Kirk Yamahira 
Bio/CV | Website#kokirkyamahira

EXHIBITIONS
Forthcoming, fall 2022, studio e
Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art, Sept 11 - Jan 23, 2022, Frye Art Musuem, Seattle WA 
Emily Counts & Ko Kirk Yamahira,
July 17 — Aug 29, 2020, studio e
Fiber, March 6 — Sept 27, 2020, Baimbridge Island Museum of Art
Link to Ben Haywood speaking about Ko Kirk’s installation at The Bellvue Arts Museum

The obsession of pursuit of the meaning is unlocked by the pure enjoyment of the creative act.

Ko Kirk Yamahira has made a practice of unravelling painted canvases resulting in sculptural pieces that are extra-dimesional. In some sense the work resides in the interstitial space between two dimensional painting and three dimensional sculpture – a performance process, albeit one where the viewer only gets to watch what’s left after the delicate, intuitive separation of warp and woof. His is a process of inversion: image becoming shape, surface becoming form, the sensual drape inherent in textile formed by working backwards. The resulting fluidity gives us a glimpse of a fourth dimension: still things are seen as in motion across time.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Tokyo and London, Ko Kirk Yamahira moved to Seattle from New York in 2015. He has exhibited in galleries in the United States and Japan, both individually and as a member of the artist collectives SOIL and Art Beasties. His work is in numerous private, corporate, civic and museum collections, and has received several recognition awards.

Ko Kirk Yamahira lives and works in Seattle, WA.