Merging sculpture with personal narrative and storytelling, Mai hopes to "to redefine traditional notions of fashion and express the rebellion of humanity" as well as engage viewers in discussions about the possible functions of fashion and the sculptural possibilities of innovative garment installation.
About the Artist
Born and raised in Guangzhou, China, Yang Mai is currently based in New York. Professionally and academically, he has focused on the fields of contemporary art, art criticism, and fashion in the US and China--earning a Bachelor of Leather Design in Fashion Accessories from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (2010-2014) and a Master of Design in Fashion, Body & Garment from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2014-2016). His work is geared toward provoking reconsideration and renegotiation of how fashion is understood and functions. Currently, he is exploring what might result from the removal of the "wearable form of the commercial seriousness from garments."