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Samuel Gui Yang: Untitled (Ephemeral Study 1)
2736 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90232
GARMENTS ENCASED IN ICE, IMMERSIVE SOUND, DANCE, & PHOTOGRAPHY
Dear Diane, Dear Shaded Viewers,
London-based designer/creative Samuel Gui Yang grew up in Shenzhen, China and received a MA in Fashion from Central Saint Martins in 2015. Yang is guided by an interest in the human form, which developed from a background in the fine arts. His interest in fashion specifically is in how it allows contact or proximity to the living body that isn't as obvious in other artistic media.
Forgoing the traditional fashion system and expectation, Yang has decided to introduce his first collection through a series of site-specific installations and project spaces around the world. These spaces function both as way to introduce Yang’s works and interests, but also as exploratory exercises and a catalyst to open dialogues, which inform future creations and developments of both his collection and design studio.
The first space is in Los Angeles: Untitled (Ephemeral Study 1). The exhibition will display time-based works referencing Yang’s garments. Pieces from his collection will be encased in solid blocks of ice, which will be allowed to melt over the course of four days. There will also be series of commissioned conceptual images by HART+LESHKINA www.hartleshkina.com, multi-channel immersive sound pieces, and a commissioned performance by choreographer/performance artist Milka Djordjevich www.thisismilka.com. Three women tug, stumble and wrestle in connection to rubber and one another. The work is an extension of her trans-disciplinary dance-making process with artists like Yang, challenging notions of what a dance can and cannot do. Performed by dancers Dorothy Dubrule, Jennie Liu and Devika Wickremesinghe, with sound by composer Chris Peck.
Says Yang, "The supple feel of rubber, it stays taut, when it is pulled around the body, until the body temperature is rising. It begins to produce sweat and moisture on top. When the rubber returns to the original state, the space leaves only the wet body, but the rubber is like nothing happened to it ever. Los Angeles and its people are very conscious about their body. Stretching the body to the extreme, like a rubber string, compact and retractable."