A visual artist from Colombia, Yaron Michael Hakim has been in heavy rotation in Southern California since the pandemic. Foundationally based on Hakim’s own personal history, the artist grounds his work in “the rootlessness of his peripatetic early life” in concert with global culture.
Hakim brings us to not only the jungle but the uncanny valley with his most recent exhibition, Aves Ambigua. Anthropomorphic parrots furtively nest in lush jungle scenery. Half-human, half-parrots seductively rest on a low-hanging rainforest branch, while others clandestinely watch you from behind a wall of foliage.
The playful and slightly eerie nature of these half-human, half-parrots are so cleverly intertwined with vibrant greenery, that Hakim still gives you a sense of wonder and travel that you can’t absorb enough of. The large (but digestible) size of Hakim’s media is energizing with the mated colors.
Knowing Hakim’s background and starting point with all works of art, you can’t help but wonder if the anthropomorphic parrots are a representation of self (or perhaps a self portrait of sorts). Regardless of the inspiration, enough can’t be said about the quality, detail, and openness of Hakim’s work which lets the viewer fall into the invigorating hues.
Yaron Michael Hakim
538 N Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Los Angeles, CA