Thursday, September 8, 2011

ART: Another Masterpiece by Amy Yao

September 8th 6-9 PM,
ONE TIME ONLY Runway at 8 PM sharp

Photo by Michele Abeles & David Benjamin Sherry. Ikebana by Carissa Rodriguez (trust issues, 2011, Seasonal ikebana arrangement (Sogetsu school), stainless steel frying pan, with Akiyo Sano). Performance by Lisa Jo. Concept by Amy Yao

JF & SON and Travis Boyer's MFT are pleased to present "Another Masterpiece!!," a capsule collection designed in collaboration with artist Amy Yao.

It will launch with an event on September 8 at the JF Storefront at 56 University Place in Greenwich Village, from 6 to 9 PM. A performance by Amy Yao, including a "runway" presentation with an Asian slant, will go off at 8 PM.

"Another Masterpiece!!" combines Amy Yao's striking and colorful visual motifs with JF & SON's innovative production and design and will be available for sale as a collection of clothing and accessories including dresses, skirts, shorts, bodysuits, leggings and t-shirts. Yao's work embraces identities and rituals -- hair, sequins and ornaments are displaced from the body onto utilitarian objects, like umbrellas and curtains. "Another Masterpiece!!" addresses these themes as well as the presentation of imagery, a topic continually examined by the artist, incorporating common and personal signifiers of glamour, sex, identity and the body as related to the realm of fashion. Elegant silhouettes are combined with unexpected, over-the-top colors and materials, and subversive prints bananas and sausages add to the sense of playfulness and wit.

Additional “Another Masterpiece!!” collateral souvenir items include a bag and invitation card created by Amy Yao with designer Geoff Han; collaborative photographs by David Benjamin Sherry, Michele Abeles and Lisa Jo featuring an ikebana artwork by Carissa Rodriguez; and a zine.

Amy Yao is an artist based in Roussillon, France, Phoenix, Arizona and New York City and a former member of the 90’s all-female teen punk band Emilys Sassy Lime (ESL). Her work was included in MoMA P.S.1’s Greater New York 2010 and has mounted solo exhibitions at Jack Hanley Gallery in New York, New Jerseyy in Basel, Switzerland and Green Gallery in Milwaukee. Collaboratively, she has exhibited with her pirate film and video club B’L’ing (Bootlegging) at Art in General. With her sister Wendy, she has curated and organized the Art Swapmeet at High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, CA for the past 6 years. She received a BFA from Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles and an MFA from the Yale School of Art. Selected group exhibitions include shows at Air de Paris in Paris, Art Since the Summer of ‘69 and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York, Karma International in Zurich, Cave Gallery in Detroit, China Art Objects/Cottage Home in Los Angeles.

The New York-based JF & SON, known for garments and accessories that incorporate one-of-a-kind handwork as well as new and unique textiles, is designed by Jesse Finkelstein and Katie King. With the goal to produce well-designed, well-priced clothing in a socially responsible way, JF & SON runs three of its own studios—in India, China and New York—as well as a brick-and-mortar store, at 56 University Place, and an online store at JF & SON owns the entire process, from production to sales, creating women's and men's clothing, accessories and home items. JF & SON also regularly partners with contemporary artists, such as K8 Hardy, robbinschilds and Ulrike Müller, on unique product collaborations.