YoYo Lander’s works prove to inhabit a distinct contrast in shade and color. She achieves this by painting in watercolors and collaging her own works together – repurposing them into fragile portraits of identity. The vulnerability is palpable, but strength overrides any trepidation one might find within her works. YoYo finds beauty in the unexpected nature of watercolors, and the fact that they perfectly mimic the unpredictable and distinctive human body. The dimension and texture achieved through her watercolor and collage technique adds layers of additional sentiment. It makes you look at her works and see some part of yourself. We all share common feelings, from joy and love to shame and even fear. YoYo Lander reminds us of the commonality in these emotions, especially now, and that sometimes it might just be ok to not be ok.
Lander’s work explores the essence of people of color. Her passion is to use body language as an introduction into the context. Choosing her subjects are very intuitive. She goes with what she feels. YoYo then takes several photographs of her subjects to capture an image that is definitive. Next, she combines several images to express the chosen image through watercolors and cut watercolor paper. Within the final piece one will find a sense of truth, perhaps a moment that you’ve seen or experienced.
YoYo's aesthetic is visceral and expressive. What begins with a strictly defined intent, composition and color scheme is rarely visible in the finished piece. Layers of cut and dyed watercolor paper are strategically places over rough sketches.
In 2018 YoYo began to thing about ideas surrounding vulnerability and what it means for people of color, particularly, black women. She decided to name it “Time Off. ” Her current series, “Bruised Bananas are Sweeter,” tackles the same idea, but for black men.
These series marked a shift in Yoyo Lander's artistic approach, in which the context now plays a significant role in the depiction of the individual(s).
YoYo Lander - Curriculum Vitae
Evergreen Valley College, No Rain, No Flower - San Jose, CA 2019
Joyce Gordon Gallery, No Rain, No Flower - Oakland, CA 2019
African American Museum of Art, Memories of Love - Los Angeles, CA 2018
Dysonna Art Gallery, When Joy Overcomes Pain - Los Angeles, CA 2016
BLACK VOICES/BLACK MICROCOSM curated by Destinee Ross-Sutton at CFHILL, Stockholm, Sweden April 8 - May 16, 2020
My Time Off series, March 21-April 18 at Band of Vices Art Gallery in Los Angeles. That body of work is about people who are perceived as strong but posing in vulnerable positions. I want to show black women, not in a sexual manner, or as too hard. I want to show black women as we are in our very cores.
ZuCot Gallery, H.E.R. - Atlanta, GA 2019
Residency Art Gallery, Untitled - Los Angeles, CA 2017 Gallery 38, Return of the Gods - Los Angeles, CA 2016
NOTABLE COMMISSIONS/ART PLACEMENTS
INSECURE, HBO – Los Angeles, CA 2020
KAISER PERMANENTE – Los Angeles, CA, 2018
GREYS ANATOMY, ABC 2018 – Season 15 Episode 7
EMMY NOMINATED NEW MEDIA SERIES, GIANTS – (Season 2) 2018 SENATOR KAMALA HARRIS – Washington, DC Office 2017
UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles 2010, M.F.A Howard University 2007, B.A.
UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS/PROJECTS: I have a new series called Bruised Bananas are Sweeter, and it’s about people who have gone through some kind of trauma, and how that trauma has also represented an opportunity for them to grow.
BLACK VOICES LA, September, Los Angeles
Born 1986, South Carolina.
Lives and works in Los Angeles
Graduated at Howard University and MFA at UCLA .
Courtesy the artist and
Destinee Ross-Sutton & Associates
Art Curation, Advisory and Management
Instagram : @desti.knee