Yian Lee: Color Geometry

January 14 – January 19, 2020

Taiwanese-born stylist and creative director Yian Lee produces COLOR GEOMETRY, an exhibition of fashion photography, color, and form that is on view from January 14-19. Please join us for a reception on Thursday, January 16 from 6-9pm and explore the possibilities of ordinary objects through the artist’s lens.

This exhibition showcases a dedicated series of fashion photographs produced by Yian Lee. Yian conceptualized the theme, composed each frame, and directed the camera tech, makeup and hair, and models to render each image presented. Her series studies the interaction between the human body and daily objects that are not readily identifiable with “fashion.” Yian sources materials from her immediate surroundings and social networks to keep her production budget to a minimum. By exploring the possibilities of how an ordinary object can be transformed through styling and framing, Yian comments on the autonomy of fashion from luxury and expense.

Employing a minimalist palette derivative of Mondrian’s color blocking, Yian achieves a formal purity in her imagery without having to make major adjustments in post-production. Tweaks involve light color adjustment to make every frame consistent and cropping to fit the artist’s grid.

Yian Lee, born in Taiwan, is a fashion stylist and creative director based in New York. She graduated from Parsons AAS Fashion Marketing program in 2018. During her academic career, Yian started to explore the tension between commercial and high fashion and translated her understanding of fashion into her commercial photographs. Her works have been published in several fashion magazines, such as Vogue Taiwan, Harper’s Bazaar, Nylon Germany, Elle Serbia, Schön, Vanity Teen, etc.