Creative China Festival Presents Pop-Up Exhibition of Edgy Fashion and Design Through Innovative Media Art

A pop-up exhibition by artist and designer LU Yang showcases contemporary Chinese urban fashion design and acclaimed multimedia works to New York audience

44 E 1st Street
East Village, New York, NY, USA
10 – 24 November

As part of the inaugural Creative China FestivalBeijing 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 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.

About LU Yang

Lu Yang (b.1984) is a Shanghai-based multi-media artist who creates fantastical, often morbid visions of death, mental illness, and neurological constructs of both real lifeforms and deities. Her work is deeply immersed in the subcultures of anime, video games, and sci-fi. LU Yang earned two degrees from the new media art department of the China Academy of Arts. Her work has been presented both in China and abroad, including USA, Japan, Germany, Denmark, UK, Turkey, Canada, Russia, and Australia. In 2015, her work was presented in the China Pavilion of the 2015 Venice Biennale.

About Creative China Festival (CCF)

Initiated by the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF), the Creative China Festival (CCF) will launch this autumn with a specially curated program of events in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. Across three cities, six sections of exploring art and culture through talking forums, film series, design exhibitions, an art residency and public art exhibitions, live music performances, a guest city program, more than 10 collaborating institutions, over 100 participants and 50 events, the Creative China Festival explores the cultural innovation and establishes a crossroad meeting point between China and the United States, the East and West, the classical and novel, as well as the institutional and grass roots. CCF will run from September 7 until November 24, 2017.

About Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF)

The Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF) is the only publicly funded foundation and cultural think tank in China focusing on the development of contemporary humanities and arts. BCAF is dedicated to discovering cultural innovation and advancing the public welfare of art. Through extensive and dynamic public programs in three major fields including cultural innovation, art public welfare, and think tank research, BCAF hopes to share the arts and culture freely and equally with the public to develop a civil society based on the concept of “Creative China.”

The team has extensive collective experience in working with international prominent organizations and platforms such as UNDP, UNESCO, documenta 14, the 56th Venice Biennale, the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, the Cannes Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, and New York Fashion Week. With strong collective experiences in governmental initiatives such as China-EU High-Level People to People Dialogue Mechanism and Chinese-German Culture Year, BCAF is dedicated to supporting content creators with a global vision, having worked with a wide range of outstanding artists and scholars, and presenting contemporary Chinese arts and culture on the international stage.