Since 2010, Creative Growth has hosted Beyond Trend, a one of kind, unscripted, couture fashion performance featuring artists from the studio and their designs. In celebration of New York Fashion Week 2017, Ace Hotel New York has curated Ying Ge & Juan, an exhibition of works on paper by two current Creative Growth artists. Despite being from vastly different backgrounds, Ying Ge Zhou and Juan Aguilera create works which appear in effortless conversation with one another, each artist being fluent in the languages of fashion and design. Juan Aguilera emigrated to the United States from Mexico at the age of eight, though he returns to his birthplace often to visit his family. Aguilera fuses female imagery with flowering plants and other organic content, a gesture the artist describes as being a symbolic nod to the matriarch and the life cycle, specifically as it pertains to birth. Garments transcend their everyday utility and are re-imagined into beautifully rendered, emblematic feminine icons.
Born in Guangdong, China, Ying Ge Zhou arrived at Creative Growth with a strong aptitude for drawing and painting. Using fashion and entertainment magazines as source material, Ying Ge translates static ads into a dynamic portraits; her loose, punctuated style reminiscent of Warhol’s fashion drawings. Surrounded by a foreign culture, Ying Ge’s work serves as a means of translation, perhaps a searching for a complexity beneath the surface of high-gloss industry photography.
Creative Growth Art Center provides a professional studio environment for artistic development, gallery exhibition and representation, and a social atmosphere among peers. Creative Growth’s studio serves over 150 adult artists in a variety of media, and Creative Growth’s gallery is the world’s oldest exhibition space dedicated to artwork made by people with disabilities.
Video in the exhibition appears courtesy of Cheryl Dunn
A closing reception for this exhibition will be held on Tuesday September 26th from 6-8pm.
For more information, visit http://www.acehotel.com/calendar/newyork/ying-ge-and-juan-nyfw-creative-growth