Tuesday, February 22, 2011
When first entering David Zink Yi's video installation at Midway Contemporary Art viewers are smacked with darkness accompanied by two floor-to-ceiling projections on a wide V-shaped floorplan. As your eyes adjust to the cave-like darkness the first projection appears. The rhythm of the drum envokes a natural reaction to move to the beat. Soon after the second projection appears with women dressed in faded, out-dated threads swaying and chanting to the drums fading beat. The viewer is caught in between the rhythm of the drum and the women, trying to match the tempo. The feeling of emptiness upon entering the room quickly vanishes as the installation distracts the viewer from any preconceived fear of emptiness.