May Yang is a Tulsa based artist, printer and designer. She works with printmaking and mixed media techniques to produce work that processes the information overload common in our digital age.
May graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008. While there, she interned for Dolphin Press & Print, the school's print workshop, where she assisted in printing editions for Jon Rappleye, Jane Kent and Faith Ringgold. Continuing her interest in collaborative printmaking, May attended the Tamarind Institute of Lithography in Albuquerque, New Mexico and earned her Professional Printer Certificate. In 2010, May was a Momentum Tulsa Spotlight artist and worked with curators Shannon Fitzgerald and Sarah Jesse to produce a body of work about her cultural heritage. May has participated in a number of juried and invitational group shows including IPCNY New Prints, OVAC’s 24 Works on Paper, and Mainsite Norman’s Emerging Artists show.
Currently, May co-owns Flash Flood Print Studios, a screen printing business in Tulsa that focuses on high-quality printing on both flat stock and textiles.
My work explores methods of image manipulation, commonly using typography and photography.
Typographic collage serves as a compositional foundation in many of my pieces. Individual characters are magnified, cut up and reassembled; sometimes marrying a piece of a serif with the curve of a script typeface. These new letterform constructions remain vaguely recognizable, yet their original intentions are lost in their repurposing. Alongside the letterforms are photographic images which are similarly processed. Methods such as photocopy transfer, gel medium transfer and halftone screen printing often lead to imperfect or partial renditions of the original image. Again, the manipulation obscures the original representation. These techniques are an intersection of my background in both graphic design and printmaking and show a juxtaposition of those two worlds.
In an increasingly digital age, we are constantly exposed to a stream of information. The image manipulation that occurs in my work is a method of processing the information overload commonly encountered in our lives today. Borrowing themes from the remix culture that is so prevalent in popular music, I “sample” bits and pieces of pre-existing images, transform them through my methods of manipulation and reassemble them into new works. These finished compositions represent both old and new, personal and global, design and fine art
NOV 2015 – NEW WORKS, a two-person show with Jason Lockhart, Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, Tulsa, OK
OCT 2014 – SOUVENIR, Mainline; Tulsa, OK
SEPT 2012 – TROPHY LIFE, Dwelling Spaces; Tulsa, OK
MAR 2012 – MAY YANG: NEW WORKS, Lot 6 Art Bar; Tulsa, OK
DEC 2011 – GESTURE, @1619, Midwest Media; Oklahoma City, OK
OCT 2010 – AMERICAN DREAMING (Momentum Tulsa Spotlight Project 2010), Living Arts; Tulsa, OK
SEPT 2010 – PRINTS BY MAY YANG, The Canebrake; Wagoner, OK
JAN 2010 – YOU ARE HERE, Dwelling Spaces; Tulsa, OK
AUG 2009 – THE WORK OF MAY YANG ‘04, Holliman Gallery; Tulsa, OK
JULY 2008 – ATLAS, Artifacts Gallery; Tulsa, OK
MAY 2007 – COMMON ANCESTRY, Artifacts Gallery; Tulsa, OK
SELECTED JURIED, INVITATIONAL AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS
DEC 2015 – INEX, Hardesty Arts Center, Tulsa, OK
JUN 2015 – ETA TAKEOVER, Mainline; Tulsa, OK
JAN 2013 – PROCESSED: May Yang, Denny Schmickle & Live4This, Living Arts; Tulsa, OK
DEC 2012 – EMERGING ARTISTS, Norman Arts Council; Norman, OK
JUL 2011 – 24 WORKS ON PAPER, Oklahoma travelling art exhibition
MAR 2011 – OKLAHOMA FRIENDLY, IAO Gallery; Oklahoma City, OK
MAY 2010 – BLEEDING HOUR, Tamarind Institute of Lithography; Albuquerque, NM
JAN 2010 – ELEVATION: CAFE CITY ARTS INVITATIONAL, City Arts Center; Oklahoma City, OK
MAY 2009 – IPCNY NEW PRINTS SPRING 2009, International Print Center New York; New York City
MAR 2008 – POST-IT PROJECT, Current Gallery; Baltimore, MD
JAN 2008 – CENTER CLUB EXHIBITION, The Center Club; Baltimore, MD
2005-2009, 2012 – MOMENTUM TULSA
2006, 2009-2011, 2015 – MOMENTUM, Oklahoma City, OK