Yangjiang

Yangjiang Group

Yangjiang Group is an artistic group created in 2002 in Yangjiang, Guangdong Province, China by Zheng Guogu (b.1970, Yangjiang), Chen Zaiyan (b.1971, Yangchun) and Sun Qinglin (b.1974, Yangjiang).

They use the unique medium of Chinese calligraphy to develop a diverse contemporary art practice, including performance, photography, painting, video and installation. Collaboration and participation are hallmarks of Yangjiang Group’s practice. Known for its playful attacks on traditional calligraphy and attempts to subvert sociocultural conventions and values, their practice takes shape in many different formats such as painting, multimedia installation, and performance using materials like wax, food, and ink. Audience participation is a significant component of their work; ordinary events like eating, gambling, tea sipping, and binge drinking are vital to their convivial working process and cultivation of community-based exhibition experiences.

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Biography

Yangjiang Group is an artistic group created in 2002 in Yangjiang, Guangdong Province, China by Zheng Guogu (b.1970, Yangjiang), Chen Zaiyan (b.1971, Yangchun) and Sun Qinglin (b.1974, Yangjiang).

They use the unique medium of Chinese calligraphy to develop a diverse contemporary art practice, including performance, photography, painting, video and installation. Collaboration and participation are hallmarks of Yangjiang Group’s practice. Known for its playful attacks on traditional calligraphy and attempts to subvert sociocultural conventions and values, their practice takes shape in many different formats such as painting, multimedia installation, and performance using materials like wax, food, and ink. Audience participation is a significant component of their work; ordinary events like eating, gambling, tea sipping, and binge drinking are vital to their convivial working process and cultivation of community-based exhibition experiences.

Yangjiang Group has had solo shows at Eastside Projects, Birmingham, United Kingdom (2012); Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2013–14); 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (2015); and Museo nazionale delle arti dell XXI secolo, Rome (2015). They have participated in international exhibitions and biennials including The Real Thing: Contemporary Art from China, Tate Liverpool (2007); China Welcomes You . . . Desires, Struggles, New Identities, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (2007); Documenta, Kassel, Germany (2007); Sprout from White Nights, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2008); Lyon Biennial, France (2009–10); Zizhiqu: Autonomous Regions, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou (2013); Auckland Triennial (2013); and Tales of Our Time, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2016–17).
Yangjiang Group lives and works in Yangjiang.

Artworks

Deep Blue White Deer, 2013

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Art of the 2010s / Artist Collective / Asian Art / Audience Participation / Calligraphy / Canvas / China / Chinese Art / Chinese Calligraphy / Community Art / Contemporary Chinese Art / Dark and Turbid Colors / Figurative Painting / Film/Video Art / Installation / Lacquer / Lacquer on Canvas / Painting / Performance / Photography / Yangjiang

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017

    Korean Air Box Project 2016: Yangjiang Group: Calligraphy is the Way to Communicate with the Most Primal Power, Seoul Box, MMCA, Seoul, Korea (2016-2017)

  • Photoworks 1993-2016: Even a Click of the Shutter is Necessary, Eli Klein Gallery, New York, USA

  • 2015

    Social Participation and Everyday Experiment with Calligraphy, MAXXI, Rome, Italy

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    Doublevision, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2016

    Tales of Our Time, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

  • M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art, ArtisTree, Hong Kong, China

Grants & Awards

  • 2011

    Finalist of 2011 Visible Award, Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna

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Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017

    Korean Air Box Project 2016: Yangjiang Group: Calligraphy is the Way to Communicate with the Most Primal Power, Seoul Box, MMCA, Seoul, Korea (2016-2017)

  • Photoworks 1993-2016: Even a Click of the Shutter is Necessary, Eli Klein Gallery, New York, USA

  • 2015

    Social Participation and Everyday Experiment with Calligraphy, MAXXI, Rome, Italy

  • Action for Tomorrow – Yangjiang Group, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia

  • The Writings of Today are a Promise for Tomorrow, Asia Now, Palazzo Morosina, Venice, Italy

  • 2013

    Fuck off the Rules: Yangjiang Group, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China

  • Zheng Guogu x Yangjiang Group: The Last Bet!, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China

  • 2012

    Colosseum of the Consumed, Grizedale Arts/Yangjiang Group, Frieze Project 2012, London, UK

  • After Dinner Shu Fa, Hong Kong 2012, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong, China

  • Yangjiang Group – After Dinner Shu Fa Cricket Pavilion, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK

  • 2010

    Garden of Pine - Also Fierce Than Tiger II, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

  • 2006

    Mouse Cow Tiger Hare Dragon Snake, Taikang Top Space, Beijing, China

  • 2002

    Are You Going to Enjoy Calligraphy or Measure Blood Pressure?, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China

  • 2000 In Shanghai, Yangjiang Some Event Occurring, ShanghART Gallery Main Space, Shanghai, China

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    Doublevision, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2016

    Tales of Our Time, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

  • M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art, ArtisTree, Hong Kong, China

  • 2015

    Humanistic Nature and Society (Shan-Shui) – An Insight into the Future, collateral event of 56th

  • Venice Biennale by Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Venice, Italy

  • 2014

    Advance through Retreat, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China

  • Right is Wrong/Four Decades of Chinese Art from the M+ Sigg Collection, Bildmuseet, Sweden

  • 2013

    Zizhiqu - Autonomous Regions, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China

  • If you were to live here: The 5th Auckland Triennial, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

  • Insightful Charisma, Inaugural Exhibition of Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, China

  • 2011

    WAX – Sensation in Contemporary Sculpture, Kunstforeningen GL Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Shanshui – Poetry without Sound? Landscape in Chinese Contemporary Art - Works from Sigg Collection, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland

  • 2010

    How Many One-Way Streets Can Lead to the True Centre of the Street Gardens?, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

  • Reshaping History: Chinart from 2000 to 2009, China National Convention Center, Beijing, China

  • 2009

    The Spectacle of the Everyday - 10th Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France

  • 2008

    Sprout from White Nights, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

  • Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, Art Statements, Art Basel, Switzerland

  • Pine Tree Garden, Art Unlimited, Art 39 Basel, Basel, Switzerland

  • Exhibition Series Third about Artistic Phenomena and Situation Since 1985 – Guangzhou Station: Special Exhibition Contemporary Art of Guangdong, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

  • 2007

    Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany

  • China Welcomes You…Desires, Struggles, New Identities, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria

  • The Real Thing: Contemporary Art from China, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

  • 2005

    Follow me! Chinese Art at the Threshold of the New Millennium, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

Grants & Awards

  • 2011

    Finalist of 2011 Visible Award, Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna