A solo exhibition byYang Mai:
Opening Reception: 4.01, 3-6pm
Artist talk: 4.01, 3:30-4:10pm
Three Shadows Art Centre, Beijing
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"麦扬北京个展《好！Say-so》在三影堂摄影艺术中心开幕", VOGUE CHINA, April 23rd, 2023.
"Yang Mai: 好！(SAY-SO)", MutualArt.
"YANG MAI - SAY-SO (solo)", ARTLINKART.
unTitled（⽆权），2022 (4/3 Ed.)
Three Shadows Photography Art Centre 3.0space is pleased to present 好！(Say-so), a solo exhibition by Yang Mai, curated by Yanru Li. The exhibition opened on April 1st and has been extended until April 30th. The exhibition features Mai's body of work and explores the relationship between apparel and wearer. In his works, clothing transcends its mundane function or commercial value and assumes a profound symbolic significance, evoking diverse physical forms and social expressions. This reveals the universality and diversity of individuals in group living and prompts a reimagination and renegotiation of the "好" in our shaped and repeated forms of life.
“好”(Hao, a Chinese character that has multiple meanings, it can be referred to “Yes”, “Good”, “OK” or used as an adjective to describe something as "fine" or "satisfactory". It can be also used ironically in response to a situation where one's freedom of expression is restricted.)
Since 2019, Mai has created two ongoing series of works: Shhh! (嘘!) and Untitled (无题). In the Shhh! (嘘!) series, garments are stitched together at the openings of the sleeves and threaded through one another to form a closed loop, which is then painted on the surface. The Untitled (无题) series consists of individual stuffed clothing of different colors and styles. By recreating various forms of garments, the artist reflects on the restrictions and control that clothing can impose on the wearer. In both works, the clothing is separated from its utilitarian function, transformed into outrageous assemblages, and presented in new body-like forms, allowing the works to assume a more liberated and independent stance.
怀抱 (Hold Me in Your Arms) was created in 2021 by Mai in response to the collective experience of conforming to societal norms. The artist used 100 identical school uniforms to create a hanging structure through filling, connecting, and stitching. The work symbolically reflects the fragility of our society and stages the paradoxical coexistence of conformity and rebellion that we are living in.
UpRise (站起来) uses mass-produced clothing as its medium, stacked and layered with other elements such as chairs, branches, balls, and fences, implying a sense of resistance and insecurity. Inspired by the artist's emotional outburst, these works not only represent a creative output but also serve as documentation of his entire artistic process.
Many garments begin a new life within Mai's reimagining operations, which are not limited by physical constraints. This exhibition continues Yang Mai's commitment to proposing aesthetics as a means towards radical freedom and creating an "unbodied society."
《怀抱（Hold Me in Your Arms）》创作于2021年，此作品是麦扬对校园集体生活的回应。艺术家使用100件同款校服进行填充、连接和缝合，形成一种相互穿插、从上到下的垂挂形态。作品展现了个体被剥夺特性后与同化的群体之间微妙交织的关系，既有服从又有叛逆，既有交缠又有间隙。
"好！(Say-so)" is a solo exhibition by Yang Mai currently on view at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre 3.0space. Curated by Yanru Li, the exhibition features Mai's body of work that addresses issues of conformity and systemic inequities in our social structures by using playful and exaggerated elements to reconstruct clothing as a medium. Through his work, Mai reveals the imbalanced relationship between deindividuation and group polarization, which invites viewers to engage in discussions around the contradictory and ambiguous forms he presents.
"怀抱 (Hold Me in Your Arms)" is exhibited in the center and is composed of numerous school uniforms stuffed and connected at the cuffs, forming a chain-like configuration that ascends from the floor to the ceiling. The artist created this work in response to the experience of school life in China, highlighting the erasure of individual identity that often results from group living. "怀抱 (Hold Me in Your Arms)" is part of a larger dialogue with "Shhh!（嘘！）", which emphasizes the struggle of individuals to maintain their identity and the silencing of their voices within a group. The exhibition also features works that reject their intended functions, eschewing commercialized and conformist forms. As the show progresses, other works defy their original forms and expand into unconventional shapes. By unleashing the expressive potential of the "body", the works gain newfound independence and liberation.
Yang Mai's work critiques the authority of clothing by exposing its limitations on the wearer. Through satire and experimentation, Mai frees the body from its constraints, envisioning an unbodied society.
怀抱（Hold Me in Your Arms）位于展览中心，批量的校服被填充起来，在其缝合的袖口处手手相连，再以从上而下的锁链形式堆积而成。其作品是麦扬对校园生活的回应，也是对集体生活剥夺个体特征的讽刺。怀抱（Hold Me in Your Arms）与空间中单个装置系列Shhh! （嘘！）构成对话，强调个体在群体中寻求认同感却主动失去话语权的处境。展览中其他作品不断深入对话，膨胀的形体拒绝其原本被定义的功能、拒绝参与商业性行为；当“身体”的意识出现时，作品以更加自由的姿态获得了独立性。