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Amy Yao

Fall 2017
Honolulu, Oʻahu Hawaiʻi

TRADES A.i.R. is pleased to welcome our inaugural artist Amy Yao to our artist’s residency program.  Named by Artnet News as one of the “10 Most Exciting Artists in the United States Today,” Yao will be in residence on O‘ahu from October 22 to November 22, 2017. “Yao’s work spans virtually all mediums: painting, sculpture, photography, performance. But it’s her objects… that offer a through-line in their crooked anthropomorphic qualities, suggesting serious jokes about contemporary life.” (Kevin McGarry, T Magazine; August 19, 2014). Amy’s exploration of multicultural identity in her practice makes her an ideal candidate to kick off the TRADES A.i.R.

Yao will spend her time working alongside art students of all ages and with local working artists, conducting studio visits and exchanging ideas. She looks forward to being inspired by what she finds; and hopes to introduce local artists of exceptional talent to a broader audience through her various curatorial projects.  Yao will give a lecture at the University of Hawai‘i M?noa in the ART building room 101 (2535 McCarthy Mall) on October 31 at 3 p.m.; and participate in an artist’s conversation in the Hot Box at fishcake (307 Kamani Street) on November 16 from 6-8 p.m. TRADES events are free and open to the public.   

Amy Yao (b. 1977) lives and works in Los Angeles and New York City. She received her MFA in Sculpture in 2007 from Yale University School of Art, and BFA with Honors in 1999 from Art Center College of Design. She has taught at Princeton University and is currently a visiting artist in the Cal State University Long Beach Ceramics program. Her most recent solo exhibition “Weeds of Indifference”, at 47 Canal Gallery in New York City opened in September and was named a “critic’s pick” by Art Forum. She has exhibited internationally, including at The Whitney Museum of American Art; MoMa P.S.1; Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris; and He Xiang Art Museum in Shenzhen, China.