Exhibition | Pines, Needles, Mushrooms, Ink, Paint: A Botanical Rhapsody | Contemporary Art at Gallery 456 / Chinese American Arts Council | New York | Art Week

Pines, Needles, Mushrooms, Ink, Paint: A Botanical Rhapsody

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Friday, 8 October 2021 to Friday, 5 November 2021
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Friday, 8 October 2021 - 2:00pm

Pines, Needles, Mushrooms, Ink, Paint: A Botanical Rhapsody

Works by Xiaojing Yan | Curated by Lilly Wei

Ghostly landscapes wavering on silk, sculpture, and abstract paintings make up Xiaojing Yan’s first solo exhibition in New York. On view at Gallery 456/ Chinese American Arts Council, it features a site-specific installation, two unusual portrait busts of a young girl, and a few abstract ink paintings on paper, all from 2016-2020. Yan (born in Xuzhou City, Jiangsu, China in 1978 and based in Toronto, Canada) straddles two cultures, sourcing both although she is most deeply invested in representations of her native heritage. Her preference is evident in her subject matter, often based on traditional Chinese landscape paintings, aesthetic canons and ancient Chinese folktales, legends, healing treatises, spiritual teachings, and philosophies. 

Yan was in her early twenties when she left China after graduating with a BFA from Nanjing University of the Arts in 2000. She then earned an MFA in sculpture in the United States in 2007, afterwards settling in Toronto where she currently lives and works.

Lilly Wei (b. Chengdu, China) is a New York-based independent curator, writer, journalist and critic whose area of interest is global contemporary art, in particular emerging art and artists, writing frequently on international exhibitions and biennials. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications world-wide and she is a longtime contributor to Art in America, a contributing editor at ARTnews, and a former contributing editor at Art Asia Pacific in the United States.

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Yan (born in Xuzhou City, Jiangsu, China in 1978 and based in Toronto, Canada) straddles two cultures, influenced by both although she is most deeply invested in representations of her native heritage. Her preference is evident in her subject matter, often based on traditional Chinese landscape paintings, aesthetic canons and its ancient folktales, legends, healing treatises, spiritual teachings, and philosophies. Landscape and the concept of place are central to her practice, infused with the émigré’s complicated sense of cultural and psychological bifurcation. Yan left China in her early 20s after graduating with a BFA from Nanjing University of the Arts in 2000. She then earned an MFA in sculpture at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania in 2007, afterwards settling in Toronto where she has lived ever since. Yan’s project is exemplary for these disorienting, unprecedented times and reminds us that we must live in accord with nature–or suffer the catastrophic consequences. 

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456 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 

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