We have some thrilling new artwork hanging up in our Manhattan Studio, and we’d love for your to stop by and see. These three pieces, created by Yung Oh Le Page, feature creatures that are endangered or have gone extinct, highlighting animal populations we might not know much about.
Yung Oh Le Page: Bio
Yung Oh Le Page is a self-taught artist, who recently finished a seven-year stint as a mini golf artist for FIGMENT Project NYC, having co-directed for three seasons. FIGMENT Project is a free, one-day participatory arts event hosted each summer on Governors Island, with over 2,600 participants! He has been teaching at the Children’s Museum of Art for over half a decade, where he hones his skills as a teacher, maker, and project creator. Most recently, these skills led to creative directing and work as a fabricator of exhibition-related tactile experiences for those with learning differences.
Yung Oh Le Page: Pieces
Le Page is a “prolific cardboard artist”, a self-definition that very much applies to the three pieces now on display in our Studio.
This first piece is called ‘Panthera Leo Melanochaita’ ($800). It’s crafted from cardboard, paper, and fiber, and is an interactive piece – customers are encouraged to (and have been!) adding yarns to this lion’s mane. This Latin title is for the Cape Lion, a subpopulation of the Southern African Lion, which is extinct since the mid-nineteenth century. It had a dark, black mane, which explorers noted when first sighting the creature, and black ears.
The ‘Alcelaphus Buselaphus Buselaphus’ ($900) is made of cardboard, paper, and fiber, and measures 34″ x 23.5″. This bubal hartebeest lived in the Saharan Desert, where other subspecies have survived. They were social animals, living in herds of 100-200 creatures. After the French conquest of Algeria, the colonial military massacred entire herds at a time, and their population declined steeply in the 19th century. The last known herd of only 15 was living in Morocco in 1917, where all but 3 were killed by the same hunter. The last captive female died in a zoo in 1923.
This lovely piece is called ‘Hylaeus Mana and Metrosideros Polymorpha’ ($650), and features the Hawaiian yellow-faced bee and a Hawaiian flowering evergreen tree. Made of cardboard, paper, fiber, and enamel, this bee was listed on the Endangered Species Act in 2016. It was the first listing for any bee species in the United States. It lives in only four locations on the island of Oahu, and is threatened by changes to its habitat.
Now & Soon
Le Page is currently creating sets for The Drunkard’s Wife, who are in residency at The New Ohio Theater, with performances beginning this summer. If you were drawn to these smaller works, we welcome you to check out his upcoming shows, and marvel at his larger-scale work!