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b. 1976, China

Chen Yujun Biography

Putian, Fujian, 1976. Lives and works in Hangzhou

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Chen Yujun and his brother Chen Yufan are part of a large extended family. One branch’s 19th century emigration to Southeast Asia gave the artists second and third cousins in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.  These places are as foreign to Chen Yujun as to any Westerner.  They form a field of dreams, of 'my own secret experiences and imaginings', he says.  In the series Asian Circumscription (or Asian Borders or Asian Area), he explores the creative possibilities of a tiled floor and three walls, using various patterns of line and colour to render this universal domestic 'set' bizarre and alien. In Asian Circumscription 5.2 Square Metres No. 1 (2008), a window—or is it a painting?—is papered over; a compass—or is it a random pattern?—sits in the centre of the floor.  Corners look like openings; walls start flat at the bottom but curve at the top like pillars.  A similar room in the three-panel painting Asian Circumscription 1111 (2011) has a mysteriously missing tile and an empty armchair; lines from its wallpaper extend right through a hole in the floor. 

Chen Yujun and his migratory extended family all live in various parts of what is commonly labelled Asia, which Westerners often vaguely lump together with China.  For the artist, however, each of these 'Asian areas' is distinctive, strange and filled with potential.

Chen Yujun Featured Artworks

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Each Single Self NO.sjd87009 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork
Chen YujunEach Single Self NO.sjd87009, 2007Hand-made paper, toner, acrylic, watercolor and charcoal
66 x 115 cm
Arario Gallery Contact Gallery
Each Single Self NO.hsnmi8712 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork
Chen YujunEach Single Self NO.hsnmi8712, 2007Hand-made paper, toner and marker pen
66 x 115 cm
Arario Gallery Contact Gallery
Each Single Self NO.9hj7g85h by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork
Chen YujunEach Single Self NO.9hj7g85h, 2007Hand-made paper, toner and marker pen
66 x 115 cm
Arario Gallery Contact Gallery
Temporary Family No. 150108 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork
Chen YujunTemporary Family No. 150108, 2015Acrylic on canvas
160 x 230 cm
Asia Art Center Contact Gallery
Room 502 No. 150106 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork
Chen YujunRoom 502 No. 150106, 2015Acrylic on canvas, old wooden frame
147 x 121 cm
Mind Set Art Center Contact Gallery
Crooked House N0.190105 错屋 N0.190105 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork
Chen YujunCrooked House N0.190105 错屋 N0.190105, 2019Acrylic on canvas, the old board
109 x 79 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Crooked House No.180508 错屋No.180508 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork
Chen YujunCrooked House No.180508 错屋No.180508, 2018Acrylic on canvas, the old board
77 x 71 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Crooked House No.180312 错屋No.180312 by Chen Yujun contemporary artwork
Chen YujunCrooked House No.180312 错屋No.180312, 2018Acrylic on canvas, the old board
153 x 113 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery

Chen Yujun Recent Exhibitions

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Chen Yujun Represented By

Arario Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea Arario Gallery Cheonan, Seoul, Shanghai
Asia Art Center contemporary art gallery in Taipei, Taiwan Asia Art Center Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai

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