An exhibition about separation and loneliness of conjoined twins.
Michael Watson and Jade Yumang are a collaborative duo who were chosen to exhibit in the Governors Island Art Fair in New York, NY this coming September. Their first exhibition as a collaborative team, Watson and Yumang will be converting a room into a surreal funeral home installation about the life and death of conjoined twins. This visual narration speaks of the complexity of individual liberty, dissatisfaction, loneliness, familial ties, and chosen families.
They were united for most of their life, secure and happy, but chose to go their separate ways. Once on there own, they had immersed themselves in polar opposite career paths and lifestyles. As much as they were used to being codependent they desperately wanted to be free. The void was never fulfilled and it eventually weakened them spiritually, emotionally, and physically, which lead to their death. They each died alone at the same moment in their own way. Now they have been rejoined in death.
The installation will consist of three large photographs. One will be of a portrait of the twins still conjoined and the other two will be individual portraits. There will be long table in the center that divides the individual portraits, which are adjacent from each other, and the room. The table acts as a physical and symbolic separation. There will be two identical urns at the end of the table that mirrors the large portrait of the twins still conjoined. An oversized floral arrangement will cover the length of the long table coming out from the urns to the opposite end. This arrangement will roughly be the size of a double corpse lying on the table symbolically sprouting to rejoin the twins. The floral arrangement will decay for the duration of the show.
Raising funds for
Printing and framing costs for the 3 large photos (life size); supplies and labor for the table Van rental and gas/tolls to and from Governors Island; enormous flower bouquet; fabric for table and windows; two identical urns; paint for the walls; PR costs.
Michael Watson is currently a graduate student in the MFA Fine Arts program at Parson The New School of Design. He participated in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation summer program in Colorado Springs, CO and Governor's School for the Arts in Murfreesboro, TN. He also attended the New York Studio Program, TriBeCa, Manhattan in the fall of 2004. In 2006, Michael received his BFA in Painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Michael is a native of East Tennessee and currently lives in New York, NY.
Jade Yumang received his MFA at Parsons The New School for Design with Departmental Honors in 2012 where he focused on the concept of queer form through sculptural abstraction, installation, and performance. He is currently participating in the Fire Island Artist Residency, Cherry Grove, Suffolk County, NY. Recently, Jade completed a residency in Atlantic Center for the Arts, Master Artists-In-Residence Program with Pepón Osorio, New Smyrna Beach, FL in 2012, which was supported through the Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship Fund. He received a BFA Honours in University of British Columbia as the top graduate in 2008. He was born in 1981 Manila, Philippines, grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and immigrated to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Currently, he lives in Brooklyn, NY, USA.
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