Encompassing art, fashion and technology, the creations of this Montreal designer give substance to the immaterial through the interaction between matter and the imaginary,as curator Renee Baert notes, “between the tangibility of the body and the infinite expressivity of its embellishments.”
Fashioning the intangible: the conceptual clothing of Ying Gao
This exhibition assembles the Montreal designer's latest creations, which combine the conceptual rigour of an artistic practice, advanced technical research and a critical dialogue with various fashion discourses.
The intangible is a key component in both the creation and fabrication of Gao’s works. Elements that can’t be grasped, such as the air of a diaphanous fabric, are an integral part of the structure of her pieces. Other impalpable elements include work activated by a voice, a glance or a flash of light.
The intangible is also manifested through the idea of mutation in the designer's work, in which clothes change and transform, notes the curator. These physical metamorphoses also are related to the innovative use of materials. Baert likens Gao’s validation of the intangible to “a philosophical position, an alternative to the predominance of presence and visibility in Western traditions. The aesthetic grace of Gao's work – subtle, delicate and elegant – expands the definition of the ethereal to encompass beauty.”
This exhibition is produced in collaboration with CARGO Curatorial Group.
Winner of the Phyllis Lambert Design Montréal Grant in 2009, her creations integrating technology and interactivity have been shown around the world and are the subject of numerous publications in journals and books on art and design. Her project Playtime
is featured in the film The Capsule
, directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari and screened at several major festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival (2013) and the Toronto International Film Festival (2012). Ying Gao has taught at UQAM's School of Design and École Supérieure de Mode since 2003. yinggao.ca
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