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Fashioning the Intangible: the conceptual clothing of Ying Gao

Date May 7, 2014 - Sep 1, 2014
Artist Ying Gao

Exhibition Overview

The expressive garments of Canadian designer Ying Gao appear to be made of air and light. Bridging art, science and technology, Gao’s clothing materializes the immaterial with interplay between matter and imagination, and between the tangible body and the infinite expression of its embellishment. Poetic effects are developed through computational systems, motors, sensors, embedded electronics, pneumatic and interactive technologies – and with a distinctive aesthetic grace. A focus on urban cultures and transformation is central to this exhibition, which presents six installations produced between 2008 and 2013.

Additional Information

Fashioning the Intangible is curated by Renee Baert and is circulated by Cargo Curatorial Group.

Ying Gao has been a professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) for over 10 years; she was recently appointed Head of the fashion, accessories and jewellery design department of the Haute école d'art et de design in Geneva, Switzerland.

Related Programs and Events

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Exhibition Tour
Wednesday June 4 at 6:30 pm
Join TMC Curatorial Director Sarah Quinton as she offers insights into the narratives and techniques employed by Ying Gao, whose poetic work is a sophisticated combination of fashion, design, art and technology.

Free with admission.

Film Screening: The Man in the White Suit (1951)
Wednesday July 9 at 6:30 pm
What happens with the invention of a super-fabric that never wears out? Alec Guinness stars in The Man in the White Suit (1951), the Academy Award-winning comedy that posed this question over six decades ago! Join us as we celebrate centuries of innovation in textile materials and design.

TMC Members and Full-time students Free; General admission $8. Call 416-599-5321 x2228 to purchase.

Public Talk: Smart Textiles and Emotive Technologies
Wednesday July 16 at 6:30 pm
Join Marie O’Mahony, Professor of Advanced Fashion and Textiles at OCAD University, for an illustrated talk on the fascinating history of smart materials and flexible technologies - and the impact materials that can sense and interact have on the future of fashion, art and textiles.

TMC Members and Full-time students Free; General admission $15. Call 416-599-5321 x2228 to purchase.

Ying Gao, <i>Science is Fiction</i>, 2013, latex. 

Photo: Dominique Lafond
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Gao, <i>Science is Fiction</i>, 2013, silver-coated medicated cotton. Photo: Dominique Lafond
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Gao, <i>Berlin/Nagoya – scarf-dress</i>, 2010, organza. Photo: Marcio Lopez