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My Realm - 2024 Yang Yong Solo Exhibition


Curator : Yonni Park, Jeeeun Hong

06.07 - 07.13, 2024


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Tang Contemporary Art is pleased to present 《 My Realm - 2024 Yang Yong Solo Exhibition 》, a solo exhibition by Chinese artist Yang Yong, better known to us through his special exhibition at the 2002 Gwangju Biennale and the 2003 Venice Biennale, from June 7 to July 13, 2024.


《 My Realm - 2024 Yang Yong Solo Exhibition 》 will present a wide realm of Yang Yong's works from 2008 to 2024, including his recent series, ‘Velocity-Limit Edition’. Born in the 1970s and living through China's opening and urbanization process, Yang Yong has been living in the spiral of a rapidly changing society, keeping an eye on reality, change, and the gap between them. As a multimedia artist, he especially uses various approaches depending on the environment to reflect scenes of globalized realities. In this exhibition, through images reproduced in paintings, he questions us about the existence and meaning of the ‘in-between’ for our contemporaries.


“2024-Memories-No.1” and “2024-Memories-No.2”, like a still cut from the movie, include two people, a mattress and cushions with pillowcases, and a pillow on which a man puts his head. The two people in the works are the artist and his friend from the 90s, and he uses different mediums to express the emotions he felt while looking at the old photographs from his current perspective. Through the transition of expression, a change in medium, a space of time and emotion is created between photography and painting, and new feelings and thoughts arise from this 'in-between'.


High heels on a woman's feet, a woman in a red dress opening a European-style door-knob, palm trees and crumpled wrapping paper and such—The artist collects images from the rapidly consumed mass media, deconstructing and reassembling them. Images that are easily found in everyday life are selected, enlarged and cropped by the artist.  Through this process, the complete image is divided into several different parts, each of which can exist as an independent image, like individual cell. These images contain metaphors, which are analogies for attributes of everyday life and situations of modern society, and induce deeper thought and encourage viewers to discuss social issues.

The tension in the pit lane and the flow of air in the reflection of the race circuit on the racer's helmet create an interesting atmosphere, contrasting with his painting style, which calmly depicts the outside world. Yang Yong's 'Velocity-Limit' series, emphasizes the fleeting moments, presents images of racing in an interesting way.


The fascination and sensation of racing—with its adrenaline-pumping speed with extravagance, competition and victory, technology and innovation—is similar to our gaze being attracted to the splendor of a fast-paced society. His reflections on the rapidly changing society and system are expressed calmly but vividly, while maintaining the breathtaking tension felt from the sense of speed. ‘Speed-Limit’ is generally used as a term to regulate the speed limit range. But, the artist translates the title '限速(Speed-Limit)' into English as 'Velocity-Limit'. This title by the artist has dual meaning. At the first glance, the word 'Velocity' which expresses speed, and 'Limit' which means a limit, seem to mean 'speed limit', but in fact, 'Velocity-Limit' is often used in financial transaction and refers to a rule that limits the maximum amount or frequency of transactions allowed in a certain period of time. Through the high-speed movement of the image, the details found in it, and the witty choice of words, he alludes to a life that has lost control due to fast-paced speculation, raising questions about individual freedom and social constraints, consumption culture and alienation, and the values of modern society.


Through his first solo exhibition in Korea, 《 My Realm - 2024 Yang Yong Solo Exhibition 》, Yang Yong suggests to us that we feel the moment of “in-between”, share and think about the meaning of “in-between” in a modern society where we are changing together.

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2023 - Painting - Golden Handle Oil on canvas 145 x 179 cm 2023

2013 The Hand with a Diamond Oil on canvas 130 x 134 cm 2013

2023 High Heels (Colored) Oil on canvas 105 x 150 cm 2023

2012 Zidane's Final World Cup Oil on canvas 210 x 170 cm 2012

2011 Velocity – Limit Edition - Racetrack Oil on canvas 100 x 140 cm 2011

2024 - Urban Parts - Color Oil on canvas 190 x 209 cm 2024

2016 - Consume - Oysters Oil on canvas 210 x 160 cm 2016

2023 - Holiday Palms Oil on canvas 160 x 200 cm 2023

2023 Velocity - Limit Edition - Azure Sky Oil on canvas 180 x 120 cm 2023

2021 - Urban Parts - Rope Oil on canvas 200 x 300 cm 2021

2015 I - Urban Parts - Silver & Red Oil on canvas 80 x 120 cm 2015

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Yang Yong
b. 1975, based in Shenzhen.

Yang Yong graduated from the Sichuan Art Institute (Chongqing, China) in 1995, and currently lives and works in Shenzhen. 

As a multimedia artist, Yang makes his art mostly based on image production and employs different-approaches according to the environments and recounting the scenes and stories under the conditions of globalization. Since 1998, his work has been exhibited in over 120 exhibitions throughout the world, including Z.O.U. – Zone Of Urgency, the special exhibition at the 50th Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy); Pause: 4th Gwangju Biennale (Gwangju, Korea); 34th Rencontresd’Arles (Arles, France); the 2nd and 3rd Guangzhou Triennial (Guangzhou, China). And many pieces have been collected by major art museums, art centers and private collectors in countries such as the U.S., the U.K., Germany and France. He is the recipient of the Discovery Award of the 34th Rencontres d’Arles (2003), the KLM Paul Huf Award (Netherlands, 2008), etc.


In 2000, Yang started another career as a curator in the area of public practice. He co-founded TOUCH Society, a salon for contemporary art and culture, and SPACE E6, an art platform, with his friends in 2001 and 2006 respectively. In 2010, he participated in the curation of Shenzhen Pavilion in the 41st Shanghai Expo. In 2015, he founded Shangqi Art and deeply dedicated to disseminating and promoting contemporary art and urban culture. Yang’s major curatorial practices include exhibition projects of different scales and natures, such as Shenzhen Biennale of Contemporary Art (BCA), Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture(UABB) and OH Bay Art Project.

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