Jade Yumang is an assistant professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies. His primary focus is on the concept of queer form through sculptural abstraction, installation, and performance. He received his MFA at Parsons School of Design with Departmental Honors and BFA Honors in University of British Columbia. He is also part of a New York-based collaborative duo, Tatlo, with Sara Jimenez.
I encourage my students to experiment and my courses are a safe environment for them to take chances as I give them space to tackle challenging problems as they learn to asses their own strengths and weaknesses within a set of guidelines. Ultimately, my goal is to have my students be independent thinkers with a set of theoretical and technical aptitude to undertake their own research.
My work primarily focuses on the concept of queer form. I use a variety of techniques to convey notions of phenomenology, affect, and “queer” as a process, as a verb rather than a quality. My current work addresses the term “queer” and its aesthetics through three-dimensional, site-specific installation, and performative work as a way to see how the body resists or submits through materiality and technique vis-à-vis obsessive acts, strict parameters, repetition, and forms of discipline. This direction is guided through the tracing and summoning of historical amnesia, by means of myths, scandal trials, obscenity laws, and filmic tropes. I filter these procedures through meticulous techniques and create abstract shapes that initially come from a corporeal form. My compulsiveness to place things in order in reality breaks into pieces that expose the pressure placed on non-conforming bodies and their values.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.