Xiaojing Yan Art Exhibition
Out from among the tranquil woods
September 23, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Location: 216 Main Street Unionville (at Carlton Road) map
Markham-based Xiaojing Yan is known for her intricate sculptural installations that explore the intersections of the natural and cultural worlds. Her work is at once simple and complex; concrete and abstract; personal and universal. The material qualities of her work, significant on both aesthetic and conceptual levels, are at the core of her practice. She transforms lingzhi mushrooms, star anise, freshwater pearls and cicadae, among others, to explore traditional Chinese mythology and folklore. Ultimately, Yan revisits her own identity as a first generation Canadian, while offering contemporary perspectives on issues of mortality, belonging and contemplation.
About the Artist
Xiaojing Yan is a Chinese-Canadian artist working and living in Markham, ON. She received an M.F.A on Sculpture from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA and a B.F.A from Nanjing Arts Institution, China.
Yan’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. Yan has exhibited at Durham Art Gallery, Durham; Katzman Contemporary, Toronto; The Latcham Gallery, Stouffville; Mississauga Art Gallery, Mississauga; Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto; TRUCK Contemporary Art, Calgary; Plug In Contemporary, Winnipeg; Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey; Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford; Artspace, Peterborough; and many more. Her work was also featured at Art Toronto twice in 2012 and 2014. Varley Art Gallery in Markham, Ontario will present her major solo exhibition in 2017; and Suzhou Museum will present her first solo museum exhibition in China in January 2018.
Yan’s work has been included in many collections and has done many public art projects . Recent projects include: Cloudscape in collection by Seneca College at Newnham Campus, Toronto; Moon Gate, a public sculpture, commissioned by Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China; Sound of the Rain, a public wall sculpture, recently commissioned by Elora Centre for the Arts.
Yan is also a recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the 2013 Mandarin Profile Awards of Fairchild TV, Project Grant from the Canadian Council for the Arts, and The Chalmers Arts Fellowship and Mid-career Grant from Ontario Arts Council.
The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chalmers Arts Fellowships program administered by the Ontario Arts Council.
Sunday, September 24 | 2 – 4 p.m. | Free
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