On December 22, 2018, Tang Contemporary Art Beijing art opens He An’s solo exhibition "Jade Branch.” Demonstrating the gallery’s commitment to supporting avant garde art practices in China, “Jade Branch" marks the artist’s third solo project with the gallery since 2011 and is an continuation of He An’s creative practice of improvisational interventions using raw materials in space.
He An is concerned with urbanism, architecture and spatial politics and draws poetics from literature, religion and deeply biographical experiences. His recent investigations into sensorial art—works that simultaneously and antithetically radiate hot and cold—are represented here with one of two major installations,Light. Using a mechanized apparatus Light delivers the impossible state of red hot steel adjacent frosty ice, expanding art viewing beyond mere visual or aesthetic approaches.
Born in Wuhan, Hubei Province in 1971. Currently works and lives in Beijing.
HE An is one of the most representatives artists of his generation, his practice covers installation, sculpture, photograph and other media. With the Chinese economic expansion as a background, HE An’s works reflect the phenomena of Chinese urbanization and its psychological or emotional repercussions. Combining light boxes, billboards, neon lights and other materials, HE An turns urban symbols into a language. In his search for the city’s emotional truth, the artist creates various set-ups with architectural elements, inviting viewers to experiment a space affected by violent, romantic, intimate, almost obsessional thoughts.
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