As part of the inaugural Creative China Festival, Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF) is proud to announce a special pop-up exhibition of edgy garment design and contemporary Chinese media art by the acclaimed contemporary artist and designer LU Yang. Presented in collaboration with and held at Special, an independent art gallery/boutique located in East Village, this exclusive exhibition will be on view from November 10 – 24, 2017.
Showcasing a carefully curated selection of fashion design pieces by LU Yang, alongside her latest video work, the exhibition reflects the artist’s unique style and aesthetics.
Having had her work previously exhibited at the 2015 Venice Biennale as part of the China Pavilion, LU’s video and new media art breaks from the boundaries by merging science, computer programming, and digital imaging technologies (e.g. infrared camera image and X-ray), with moving image and various types of new media. Her fashion design, which is part of her own label: Lu Yang Asia, is deeply rooted in her new media art. The finished works exist in the context of anime, gaming, and sci-fi subcultures, exploring complex issues such as mortality, mental illness, neuroscience, religion, and sexuality.
Key ingredients of LU’s work include balancing the extremities of intense colours, body parts, and oriental motifs while presenting futuristic human-like and anime-inspired characters. Whether executed in fabric or video and new media, her artistic creations can be described as hyperbolic, if not exaggerated; on one hand, her works draw our attention and catch the eye, and on the other, they could almost appear over stimulating, and aesthetically shocking, even.
Presented as part of the Creative China Festival and curated by Cai Wen You, artist and Director of Special Special, this pop-up presentation of LU Yang’s new media art and pieces from her fashion label offers an insight into the current trends of contemporary Chinese art and fashion exploring elements of edgy, urban and anime-inspired culture.