Ittah Yoda are an artist duo comprising Virgile Ittah (Paris, 1981) and Kai Yoda (Tokyo, 1982).
Ittah Yoda create abstract paintings and sculptures combining physically rigid materials such as metal and marble with softer, more pliable, elements like wax and silicone. Their practice features subtle assemblages, carefully arranged over walls, the floor or suspended from the ceiling.
The duo’s most recent work, ‘I think mango you say salmon’, is a series of wall pieces made from combinations of powder-coated aluminium, gel transfer medium, silicone, acrylic, silk, polyester and sport mesh fabric. Each work in the series features a colourful base image that is partially occluded by one or more layers of translucent fabric. This layer of fabric is set a few centimetres in front of the base image, creating a three dimensional effect, as well as giving a sculptural quality to a wall based work. In one of the wall pieces, for example, a rich yellow-orange colour field is broken by a softly rounded shape of lilac silicone, poured onto the aluminium frame and then veiled behind three gauze screens of sports mesh and polyester. The brightness of the yellow-orange and lilac dissipates behind the translucent filter. The artists seek to play with the viewer’s perspective point, as eyes fix on details in both front image and image behind it simultaneously.
Through their collaborative practice, Ittah Yoda explore the possibility of accident and error though repetition and juxtaposition of materials. Silicone, a material used extensively in their work, reproduces the surface of any material it comes into contact with, and is also one of the closest materials to the human body currently available. With their distinct studio practice – one artist works in the morning, the other in the afternoon, picking up where the other leaves off – the artists view the characteristic of silicone as a metaphor for their own behaviour and process as a duo. In purposefully accounting for unexpected elements through their way of working, the artists draw parallels between their intentional gaps in communication and the chance material form of silicone when it comes into contact with other materials.
Recent exhibitions include: Off to Mahogany, Rye Lane, London, UK; I think mango you say salmon, Annka Kultys Gallery, London, U.K.; Suggest the shape of the wind, Nam Project, Milano, Italy; Aujourd’hui je dis oui, Galeria da Boavista, Lisbon, Portugal; What is a bird? We simply don’t know, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, Romania.; HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, Lychee One Gallery, London, U.K.; and The Open West, Cheltenham Museum, Cheltenham, U.K.
Forthcoming exhibitions include: TBA, Sprout Curation, Tokyo, Japan; Material Surface, Aanant & Zoo, Berlin, Germany.
Born Paris, 1981 and Tokyo, 1982
Live and work in Berlin, Germany
I think mango you say salmon, Annka Kultys Gallery, London
Walking on the beach imitating sand, Hus Gallery, London
HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, Lychee One Gallery, London
Selected Group Exhibitions
Lightness, White Rainbow Gallery, London, UK
TBA, Sprout Curation, Tokyo, Japan
Material Surface, Aanant & Zoo Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Off to Mahoganny, Rye Lane, London, UK
Suggest The Shape of The Wind, Nam Project, Milan, Italy
Aujourd’hui je dis oui, Galeria Boavista, Lisbon, Portugal
What is a bird? We simply don’t know, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, RO
Future can wait, B1 Victoria House, London, UK
In The Flesh, OBS Gallery, Kent, UK
The Open West, Cheltenham Museum, Cheltenham, UK
RCA Show, Royal College of Art, London
Tique art paper, Six questions: Ittah Yoda, by Charlotte Boeyden
El Pais, Who exposure only benefit for women?, by Cristina and Erika Belda Astudillo
Art Asia Pacific, I think mango you say salmon, by Ambika Rajgopal
After Nyne Magazine, ARTISTS AT PLAY: ITTAH YODA, by Laura Frances Green
1 Granary, Ittah Yoda and the Yin and Yang of Artist Collaboration, by Aric Miller
Mousse Magazine, I think mango you say salmon
Nowness, A site-specific collaboration at London’s Hus Gallery, by Joseph Delaney
Artsy Editorial, Two Artists Craft Flexible Cultural Identities, by Stephen Dillon
Huffingtonpost, Walking on the beach imitating sand, by Bob Chaundy
We Find Wildness, Here’s Looking at you
Residencies / Grants / Awards
ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program), NYC, US
Sundaymorning@ekwc, (European Ceramic Work Center), The Netherlands
LCN (London Creative Network), Space, London, UK
1 Year Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists, Agency of Cultural Affairs, Bunka-cho, Japan
MFA, Royal College of Art, London, UK