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.
Yang says, "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."
Los Angeles-based choreographer Milka Djordjevich creates a performance exploring the softness, tension and restrictive forces of designer Samuel Yang’s rubber pieces. 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.
Samuel Gui Yang’s Untitled (Ephemeral Study 1) is on view September 3-5 2015
Samuel Gui Yang grew up in Shenzhen, China before moving to the UK in 2006. He started studying at Central Saint Martins in 2009 and received a MA in Fashion in April of 2015. Yang has created a multi-disciplinary design studio based in London. Through this house he explores, expresses, and proposes ideas through the various media of garments, objects, and printed matter. www.samuelguiyang.com
Milka Djordjevich is a dance artist motivated by a desire to blur the distinction between ‘dance’ and ‘non-dance’ by attempting to un-choreograph choreography and choreograph spontaneity. Her work has been shown at several venues including REDCAT, Pieter, Machine Project and HomeLA (Los Angeles); the Kitchen, the 2010 Whitney Biennal, the Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project and AUNTS (New York); Counterpulse and The Garage (San Francisco); Uferstudios (Berlin); Bitef (Belgrade); Artdanthe (Paris); WUK (Vienna); Fabrik (Potsdam); Solo in Azione Festival (Milan); Toihaus Theatre (Salzburg); Gateshead International Festival of Theatre (UK). She has received funding from NYLA’s Suitcase Fund; a commission from the Danspace Project 2010-11 Commissioning Initiative, with support from the Jerome Foundation; and residencies at Fabrik Potsdam, PACT-Zollverein, Workspace Brussels, UCLA Hothouse, LMCC Swingspace, among others. Djordjevich was a 2006-2007 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and a 2008/2010 danceWEB Europe Scholar. Her other projects include co-curating the Movement Research Spring Festival 2008: Somewhere Out There and serving as guest editor for Critical Correspondence. She has co-authored works with composer Chris Peck and choreographer Dragana Bulut and has performed for Heather Kravas, Jennifer Monson, Elizabeth Ward, Sam Kim, Sasa Asentic and Ana Vujanovic, among others. Djordjevich received a B.A. from UCLA and an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. www.thisismilka.com