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Chen Yujun was born in Putian City, Fujian Province in 1976. He joined faculty soon after he graduated from the experimental art department of China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou in 1999. He had been teaching at the experimental art department and the oil painting department until 2014. He lives and works in Shanghai ever since he resigned in 2016.Read More
Chen's works strike as somewhat 'fragmented' at first glance, due to his vague understanding of geographic boundary and locality. On the one hand, his creative force is nostalgia, on the other hand, his nomad identity. A history of moving ran in Chen's family for generations. However, his experience in modern urban life in Hangzhou, Shanghai and other cities has deepened his reflection on nature, homeland and origin, which can be further traced in his works.
Chen Yujun's artistic creation spans across paintings, installations, images and multimedia projects. In these works, 'space' is a common denominator. Virtual interiors often appear in Chen's creations. The wall or floor in the picture is constructed by thin strokes and contractive and binding colors such as black and Shu Hong (a Chinese traditional color, its closest western relative is burnt sienna), which compresses and destroys the visual sense of space and leaves viewers room for imagination through a large amount of blank space.
With modern materials, Chen Yufan's works unwound the tension between painting space, visual space and imaginative space and strived to contemplate the shattered identities of individuals under globalization and urbanization. 'Mulan River' series, which he has worked with his brother Chen Yufan for more than 10 years since 2007, are not only his masterpiece but also a spiritual vessel channeling memory of hometown and childhood.
Recent years Chen Yujun's works are displayed in various locations including Beijing, Shanghai and Los Angeles. His important exhibitions include: Reflection from the Golden Dome—Chen Yujun Solo Exhibition, Ren Space, Shanghai, 2018; MULAN River/Voyage, A+ Contemporary, Taipei, 2018; Chen Yujun—The River Never Remembers, Arario Gallery, Shanghai, 2017; Frontier: Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics, OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, 2017; Dissensus Agitation: The painting to language, Today Art Museum, Beijing, 2016; Chen Yujun—the second door, James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai, 2015; Space Graphy No.1, Exhibition of Chen Yufan and Chen Yujun, AYE gallery, Beijing, 2014.
His works are collected by: Brooklyn Museum; Smart Design Studio, Australia; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; French DSL Foundation; Yu Deyao Foundation; Long Museum, Shanghai, China; He Xiangning Museum; Arario Gallery, South Korea and so on.
Text courtesy Aye Gallery.
Shanghai-based brothers duo take over gallery in Hong Kong with multimedia presentation morphing the personal and universal dimensions of time and space. On 28 April 2016, Tang Contemporary Art in Hong Kong opened White, a joint exhibition of Shanghai-based artist brothers Chen Yujun and Chen Yufan, as its May offering in a monthly rotating...
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