Yang Jian 杨健

Yang Jian deploys seemingly mundane materials in order to narrate the habitual and limited experiences of daily life. Working across media such as painting, video, sculpture, and installation, Yang explores questions of power, social control, the role of capital, and the absurdity of organized civilization.

Yang Jian was born in Fujian, China, in 1982; he currently lives and works in Beijing and Nanjing. He received his MA from Xiamen University Art College, Xiamen, China. His recent solo exhibitions include The Times Impossible to Encounter; The Gaze from a Composite Leviathan, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing (2018); Yang Jian und Tong Wenmin, Atelier am Eck, Düsseldorf, Germany (2018); General Image, SNAP, Shanghai (2017); Yang Jian: Constructing Ruins, Taikang Space, Beijing (2017); and Thank You! Have a Nice Day!, Telescope, Beijing (2015). His recent group exhibitions include Three Rooms: Edge of Now, Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany; Chronus Art Center, Shanghai; and Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul, South Korea, (2019); A Composite Leviathan, Luhring Augustine Bushwick, New York (2019); A White Space Odyssey, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing (2019); The 6th Guangzhou Triennial 2018-As We May Think Feed Forward, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China (2018); Rolling Snowball · Nanjing, Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts (AMNUA), Nanjing, China (2018); Replay, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing (2018); Flowing Books-Temporality: OCAT Nanjing Public Art Project 2018, OCAT Nanjing, Nanjing, China (2018); and Edge of Now, Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul, South Korea (2018).

Selected Works
A Composite Leviathan, 2018
lead, rebar, wire, cement, polyurethane foam, 137 3/4 x 59 1/8 x 59 1/8 inches
Internet of Things, 2018
Wi-Fi, napa cabbage, Wi-Fi antenna, dimensions variable, edition of 3
Selected Press
Art Bank
Art Bank
Oriental Art Master
ArtSlant China
Exhibitions & Programs