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Start Museum is pleased to announce the eleventh exhibition of Genealogy Study of Artists Yan Bing: ODESSEY at SSSSTART on 2022 July 14th.
The things and people of the Northwest China, covered with traces of the sun and moon, have their own unique souls. Born and raised there, Yan Bing’s works are inevitably tainted with the scent of the earth. Since his graduation in 2007, the artistic language of Yan Bing has accumulated and evolved over time, layer upon layer, while his gaze behind the paintings has internalised into a more sacred and compassionate perception. The title of the exhibition “ODESSEY” is better known as a reference to Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey made in 1968, a fatalistic and philosophical exploration of the ultimate destiny of mankind. Yan Bing’s works are based on his background, personal encounters and feelings. He then leaves his pristine thoughts on a two-dimensional canvas with classical shapes and a tranquil expression of colour. He wanders between the inside and the outside of the body, the self and the other, the past and the future, revealing a pure solicitude – a search for a monumental spiritual home that has long been buried in the human heart. In his works, he has completed the transformation of “leaving home – returning home – starting again” under the tone of the earth, revealing a scenery and sculpture-like appearance.
In this exhibition, Start Museum will take artist’s early oil paintings and installations in the collection as an introduction, linking a number of his new paintings to a multi-targeted discussion on the evolution of form, colour, object, emotion and thought in Yan Bing’s artistic practice over the past 15 years.
Yan Bing was born in 1980 in Tianshui, Gansu Province, China and graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2007, 3rd Studio of the Oil Painting Department. He lives and works in Beijing. Yan Bing directly uses ordinary or even primitive everyday objects as materials in his creation of different mediums, and probes their spiritual dimension through painting. Hidden behind the prosaic items of daily life he despicts is his own perception of life. The emotions revealed in Yan Bing’s works are complex, while the simplicity is permeated with his sentiment and speculation, pain and joy. These works exuding an ancient quality reflects the artist’s profound thinking about the relationship between his personal experience and the current living world.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Yan Bing: Pear Blossom Turns White, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (2022); Yan Bing: Suddenly, Everything Became Clear, ShanghART Shanghai (2021); Yan Bing: At First the Weather Was Fine, ShanghART Beijing (2019); YAN Bing, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2016); Superfluous Things, No.5, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); Farming Poems, White Box Museum of Art, Beijing (2012); My Labour, Gallery Yang, Beijing (2011); 51㎡14#, Taikang Space, Beijing (2010); Temperature – curated by Liu Xiaodong, UCCA, Beijing (2009). He also participated in numerous group exhibitions held by institutions including CAFA Museum, Beijing; Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing; Urban Arts Space, Ohio State University, U.S.A.; RH Contemporary Art, New York, U.S.A.; Xi’an Art Museum, Xi’an; Taikang Space, Beijing; Guanshanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen; and G • ART, Nanjing.