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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 is a professor at the Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in its Centre de Design and the École Supérieur de Mode de Montréal. She has recently been appointed Head of the Design, Mode, Accessoires & Bijou section of the Haute Ecole d’art et de Design Genève, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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

Photo: Dominique Lafond

Gao, <i>Science is Fiction</i>, 2013, silver-coated medicated cotton. Photo: Dominique Lafond

Gao, <i>Berlin/Nagoya – scarf-dress</i>, 2010, organza. Photo: Marcio Lopez