Yu Ji's new exhibition Guest, A Host, A Ghost at OCMA encourages us to reconsider the relationship between our bodies and the constructed surroundings.
In her inaugural solo exhibition in a US museum, titled "A Guest, A Host, A Ghost," OCMA showcases the initial ten pieces from her ongoing series called "Flesh in Stone" (2012–ongoing).
These artworks feature variously sized cement casts of the human body presented as fragments that compose a larger whole. Accompanying these intimate cement works are three of her "Refined Still Life" lithographs (all from 2020), which depict ghostly and evanescent images of landscapes printed on curved plates of stainless steel.
Enriching the exhibition further is a newly commissioned piece designed in response to the curved architecture of OCMA's Mezzanine and Landing Galleries.
Through "A Guest, A Host, A Ghost," the intertwined relationship among the body, nature, and the built environment is explored, urging us to contemplate deeply what it means to inhabit a physical form in today's world.