Kaya Yusi runs Sunday, an exhibition space in Los Angeles.
Tell us about Sunday. What inspired you to start an exhibition space right after finishing your BFA?
Our focus was to have a comfortable environment for young artists to show work and keep the conversation and community alive post-grad. In December 2013, my friend Ada Rajkovic, who I have been collaborating with and living with since we were paired as roommates in the dorms at CalArts, found the space in east Hollywood. It was a sad, old office space on the second story of a commercial building. We saw the space and immediately signed the lease. Along with Ryan McGuffin and Teryn Brown we ripped up all the carpets, finished the floors, added a kitchen and a shower, tore some walls down, put some walls up and threw some art on them. We had our first show in April 2014–a group show with about 40 artists called No New Friends. Since then we’ve had endless amounts of events. Our last show was a pop up Greek restaurant.
What do you think is unique about artist-run spaces?
The fact that we have to live with the show that’s up means we really have to like looking at it. My favorite professor at CalArts always said, “the best art is art that you would be willing to hang over your couch”. We started the space so that our peers could continue to show work after graduating but also to show art that we actually like. I think 90% of the time I go to art shows I leave feeling totally unaffected and depressed. If the place that we love to see art and music doesn’t already exist, we have to create it.
Sofia Arreguin‘s show “My Pet Project” opened at Sunday last November. When did you first meet Sofia? What draws you to her work?
I met Sofia at CalArts when she was curating the group show for the 40th anniversary of Woman House. It was an all female group show that turned out beautifully. She had just moved in to a studio down the street from Sunday and works for Ryan Trecartin. Sofia’s rad and super inspiring and lovely. Her show dealt with the idea of humans projecting their feelings onto animals. One piece in the show was a video of an interview with someone who got a pet snake because it’s supposed to help with lack of sex drive.
Do you live with any artwork?
I have two Terry Richardson photos hanging above my bed and the rest of my walls are covered in things that I’ve collected over the years.
What’s coming up for Sunday this year?
Albert Samreth has an art show called Spirit on March 21st and Alexander Uhrich has a photo show called Roadkill on March 26th.