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Yaron Michael Hakim: Psittaciformes

ISBN: 9781737838869
Binding: Paperback
Author: Yaron Michael Hakim, with José Luis Blondet & Amy Gerstler
Edited by: John D. Spiak
Pages: 104
Trim: 9.5 x 13.3 inches
Published: 11/14/2023

Yaron Michael Hakim: Psittaciformes is a vibrant 104-page publication featuring 34 full-color spreads, a foreword by John D. Spiak, GCAC Director/Chief Curator, text by poet Amy Gerstler, and a conversation between artist Yaron Michael Hakim and MoCA Senior Curator José Luis Blondet. Hakim's work draws inspiration from the migratory nature of parrots and their ability to assimilate. Through bold paintings on used Dacron sailcloth, he uses this subject matter to explore his own relationship with assimilation, living between cultures, and the exoticization of his heritage.

Psittaciformes is published in conjunction with an exhibition curated by Spiak at Grand Central Art Center (GCAC), California State University, Fullerton, Santa Ana, California (September 4, 2021-January 9, 2022) and a companion project by the artist presented with artist Elliott Hundley in his Los Angeles-based studio (October 30, 2021-January 14, 2022).


Yaron Michael Hakim lives and works in Los Angeles. Hakim received an MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 2013 and a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2002. Hakim has exhibited in Europe and the United States and recently had solo exhibitions at Herrnando's Hideaway in Miami (2018) and LAXART, Los Angeles (2016). He has been included in group shows at Art+Chateau, Ladoix-Serrigny, France (2020), The Pit, Los Angeles (2019), BBQLA, Los Angeles (2018); and at The Box, Los Angeles (2017), among others.

John D. Spiak is Director/Chief Curator of Grand Central Art Center (GCAC), where he organizes exhibitions and leads the Artist-in-Residence Program. Prior to his appointment at GCAC, he was curator at Arizona State University Art Museum (1994-2011), founding and directing the ASUAM Short Film and Video Festival (1997-2011) and cofounding, with Marilyn A. Zeitlin, the residency series Social Studies (2006-12). His curatorial emphasis is on contemporary art and society, with a focus on works in socially engaged practices, installation, and video.

Curator José Luis Blondet has organized numerous exhibitions and commissioned performance projects, including NOT I: Throwing Voices (1500 BCE-2020 CE) (2021); Merce Cunningham, Clouds and Screens (2018); Liz Glynn: The Myth of Singularity (2015); Various Small Fires (Working Documents) (2015); and Compass for Surveyors: Nineteenth-Century American Landscapes from LACMA's Painting and Photography Collections (2012). As a guest curator, he has organized exhibitions for CAPC Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, and co-organized several projects, including the biennial SITElines, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2018) (with Candice Hopkins and Ruba Katrib).

Amy Gerstler is a poet, writer, and author of Index of Women (Penguin Random House, 2021), Scattered at Sea (Penguin, 2015), and Dearest Creature (Penguin, 2009). Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including the New Yorker and Paris Review. Her book Dearest Creature was named a New York Times Notable Book and was short-listed for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. Her book Bitter Angel: Poems (1990) won a National Book Critics Circle Award.