Fashioning the Intangible: the conceptual clothing of Ying GaoYing Gao
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.
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.