Theater of Self, a SCAD-curated exhibition featuring ensembles styled by London-based artist and designer Daniel Lismore and photography by SCAD graduate student Bin Feng (M.F.A. photography), will be on view Dec. 1–13 at 1601 N. Miami Ave., Miami, Florida.
An exploration of constructed identity through fantasy and materiality, Theater of Self is a joint exhibition of fashion and photography by London-based artist, stylist and designer Daniel Lismore and SCAD graduate student Bin Feng (M.F.A. photography).
Lismore, who was named “London’s Most Outrageous Dresser” by Vogue for his outré style and wildly imaginative wardrobe, transforms everyday objects into living art. He juxtaposes the luxurious and unusual —charity-shop finds, vintage custom fabrics, discarded theatrical props and more — to express his unique sartorial vision. These life-size sculptural ensembles, each worn by the artist at one time, are reflections of his own multidimensional identity and are a tapestry of his journey to his true self. Theater of Self features more than 20 of Lismore’s most avant-garde, theatrically designed creations fashioned from his collection of couture and ephemera.
Complementing Lismore’s work are the cinematically styled self-portraits of Bin Feng, a SCAD graduate student and Shanghai-born artist living in the U.S. Staging himself in dramatic scenes, Feng captures the ethos of the elusive “American dream.” His carefully constructed tableaus make powerful statements about class, race and gender in Western society from an Eastern male perspective.
Theater of Self is co-curated by Rafael Gomes, SCAD director of fashion exhibitions, and Ben Tollefson, assistant curator of SCAD exhibitions.