Oscar Chavez is an artist currently working in Chicago with absolutely no affiliation to SAIC. He makes paintings and performances and has never lived in a world without the Internet. His work exists in a historical canon of camp, glamour and public intervention. Calling inspiration from artists such as Adrian Piper & Vito Acconci, and designers such as Jeremy Scott & Martin Margiela, Chavez uses clothing to infiltrate public spaces and expand ideas of conceptual writing. The inherent subversive power of a body in space comes to light through his wearables and their appropriation of fashion tropes through the lens of a millennial. Tube tops, opera length gloves, and couture wedding gowns can all be used as tools in performance and protest.

Photos by Alexa Viscius