Jun 9th 2023

Yiwei Leo Wang: #SOFAB Quilted Emptiness

@ Chicago Athletic Association

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

Opening Friday, June 9th, from 5PM - 7PM

On view through Monday, July 31st

Yiwei Leo Wang: #SOFAB Quilted Emptiness
June 2 – July 31

Join us in celebrating the opening of #SOFAB Quilted Emptiness, an art exhibition by Yiwei Leo Wang that is on view in our 2nd floor Fine Art Case.

Inspired by the exhibition’s themes of comfort and community in party culture, the reception will be held in the Game Room bocce court featuring a DJ set and an interactive art installation.

#SOFAB Quilted Emptiness is a multimedia installation composed of hanging round quilts. Rather than providing viewers with a quilt’s typical purpose of blanketing, here their warmth is projected as the fleeting comfort of partying. As a retreat from everyday issues, partying and celebration may seem trivial, but such moments of escape can be critical for survival. This installation evokes the dazzling communal experience of clubbing, creating a temporary utopia before we face reality once again, this time with the support from our community.

Yiwei Leo Wang was born in China and educated in the US. He is a millennial world citizen of the digital age, and witnesses the influence of social media, clubbing culture, and the dual stigmatization with celebration of “Made in China”. His work address key phenomena in today’s social media and pop culture pertaining to issues such as body image, gender stereotypes, the illusion of nightlife, and the power dynamics of intimate relationships. With boutique elements, bright colors, and synthetic materials, he projects fabulosity in his works by filtering them through an “ideal” persona.


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