Yang Jiechang

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Yang Jiechang was born in Foshan, Guangdong, China in 1956. Yang Jiechang's oeuvre consists of a variety of artistic media: painting, collage, installation, site-specific works, performance and sculpture. Painting, for him, is a way of contemplation, not a means of representation. He was trained in the techniques of paper mounting, calligraphy and traditional Chinese painting at Foshan Folk Art Institute and the Fine Arts Academy Guangzhou (1978 -1982), where he taught until 1988. Living in Paris and Heidelberg (Germany) since 1989, he participated in numerous exhibitions around the globe. He started his artistic career in Europe with the exhibition “Magiciens de la terre” (Centre Pompidou, Paris) in 1989 where he participated as one of the three Chinese artists invited by Jean-Hubert Martin. Other exhibitions include Paris Pour Escale (Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 2000), Zone of Urgency—Venice Biennial 2003, the Lyon Biennial 2009.

In Yang’s works Chinese tradition and contemporary art form a stirring coalition, and how to implant Chinese traditional painting, aesthetics and thought into a contemporary context is one of his main concerns. Daoist thought, post-structuralist deconstructive strategies and an iconoclast attitude, which Yang has kept from his times as a Red Guard, are important means to attempt this integration. Yang Jiechang is known for his monochrome black large inks, entitled “Hundred Layers of Ink” (1988 to today), for which he applies in a meditative gesture uncountable layers of ink on one surface.

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