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Li Yan

1977 Bejing, China

5 Works exhibited

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Bejing

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  • About the Artist
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Li Yan is an oil painting artist, born in Jilin, China in 1977, who lives and works in Beijing, China.

Hung in asymmetrical configurations, Li’s canvases invite open interpretation, with each panel operating both independent of and interconnected to the whole, construing event as non-linear and subjective. Maps, car wrecks, bombed out buildings, and mug shots take equal importance to more benign scenes of barbershops, saucy marching bands, and holiday parasailers; like all good crime stories terror is enhanced by its everyday banality, and the devil is in the details.

Executed on intimately small scale, Li’s paintings compound violence to microcosmic triviality, compacting the scope of real devastation into neutralised frames. Citing the impossibility for media to convey actual experience, Li’s works seek to recode this information by focussing on the processes of aesthetic construction. Working in a reduced, earthy palette, Li simultaneously references photography and ruin; the surfaces visually replicate the sensation of brutality with paint frantically applied, scraped down to bare canvas, knifed on as impasto rubble, scabbed over, and obliterated by intense dirty splotches. Within each tiny canvas is an anomalous sense of space, conveying the sublime as ultimate beauty and horror, both diminutive and infinite.

 

Hung in asymmetrical configurations, Li’s canvases invite open interpretation, with each panel operating both independent of and interconnected to the whole, construing event as non-linear and subjective. Maps, car wrecks, bombed out buildings, and mug shots take equal importance to more benign scenes of barbershops, saucy marching bands, and holiday parasailers; like all good crime stories terror is enhanced by its everyday banality, and the devil is in the details.

Executed on intimately small scale, Li’s paintings compound violence to microcosmic triviality, compacting the scope of real devastation into neutralised frames. Citing the impossibility for media to convey actual experience, Li’s works seek to recode this information by focussing on the processes of aesthetic construction. Working in a reduced, earthy palette, Li simultaneously references photography and ruin; the surfaces visually replicate the sensation of brutality with paint frantically applied, scraped down to bare canvas, knifed on as impasto rubble, scabbed over, and obliterated by intense dirty splotches. Within each tiny canvas is an anomalous sense of space, conveying the sublime as ultimate beauty and horror, both diminutive and infinite.

 

 



SELECTED SOLO SHOWS:

2014
Limitless, Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Stuttgart
2011
The Catastrophic World-A Chinese paints our age,Ling Galerie,Berlin
2010
Accidents,Ling Galerie,Berlin
2009
Snippet,Yamamoto Gendai Gallery,Tokyo
2008
Quotidian Truths -Paintings by LiYan,Moronokiang Gallery,Los Angeles
2007
Accident, Platform China, Beijing

 

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS:

2007
First Venice cyber biennale
2005
The second Chengdu biennale, Chengdu contemporary art museum
2004
The 10th national fine arts exhibition - oil painting exhibition, Guangdong art museum, Guangzhou
Zhengxing northern east industry district fine arts exhibition, Liaoning art museum, Liaoning

Works by Li Yan

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2019

26.5 x 21.5 x 2 cm

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2019

26.5 x 21.5 x -23 cm

2014

150 x 100 x 3 cm

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2008

15 x 25 x 3 cm

1500,00 €

2008

14 x 25 x 3 cm

1500,00 €

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