The 21st Artist-in-Residence
Yi Lian Solo Exhibition
Curator: Li Shengzhao
Venue:TC101 SPACE, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen
The Galaxy Stand-up Show
One-screen color HD video with sound (10’45”), a transparent PVC sphere（200cmφ）, and printed texts；variable dimension
Single screen video, colored, with sound, 4K, 10’36”
The Invisible Landscape
Collection-level giclée printing, manual drawing, 120x61cm, 4 pieces
Single screen image; colored, with sound, 4′18″
The Fable Practice
Drawing on photograph, collection-level giclée printing, black gel pens, 60x35cm, 8 pieces
The Big Empty Mountain and The Small Empty Mountain
Dual screen videos, colored, with sound, two-minutes cycle
The Visible Light
Mixed media installation
Emerald, flashlights, aresonance speaker, an audio-frequency circuit; variable dimension
Black and white, collection-level giclée printing, 80cm×60cm
Two Nose Rings
Stones（40×30×25cm）, resin quartz sand, iron chains; variable dimension
The Length of Light
Flashlight, emerald sculpture, mirror stainless steel, acrylic box, 15x15x36cm
Single screen video, colored, with sound, 4K, 3’39”
The Scenery I Saw
*Artwork created during the Artist-in-Residence Programme
3D printing sculpture, player, metal bracket × 10 groups; variable dimension
Artist ：Yi Lian
Curator ：Li Shengzhao
Ms. Huang shunzhen, director of the art center of the University Issue resident artist certificate for Yilian
Audience selected messages
About the Artist
Yi Lian was born in Yichun, Jiangxi Province in 1987, completed his master degree from School of Intermedia Art, China Academy of Art in 2012 and now lives and works in Hangzhou.
Yi Lian’s works include images, art installations, photography, painting and so on. His works are often based on individual life experiences rather than purely abstract concepts or forms. His early works focus on the narrative of images, the construction of surreal scenes and the capture of absurdity in personal experience. In recent years, the key words of his works turn to ‘the other’, ‘communication’ and so on. Becoming aware of the complexity, impossibility and multiple layers of ‘communication’ with the other, the artist tries to obtain a path through art to connect with, understand and experience the other (person/object/life), and also to touch and know oneself once again. “Art is glamorous because of its ability to share information with the other and relate to more.”
2018 - “Yi Lian: Cinema Paradiso”, Bonacon Gallery, Guangzhou
2016 - “The Desolate Timeline”: Yi Lian Solo Exhibition, Telescope Art Space, Beijing
2015 - “DEMIBEAST”: YI Lian Solo Exhibition, Inna Art Space, Hangzhou
Selected Group Exhibitions
“Shanghai Salon”Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition, Bao Collection, Lane 396 South Urumqi Road Space, Shanghai.
“Whisper of the Frozen River, A Breath in the Mist And Blowing out the Candle With Gazes”, Inna Art Space, Hangzhou.
“One Tree, Fifty Ideas”, public Art project, OoEli, Hangzhou.
Points International Residency Project II : Leading a Life of Idle Pleasure, Points Center for Contemporary Art, Jinxi, Jiangsu.
“A Glass Without Water”, Inna Art Space, Hangzhou.
“The Students of Zhang Peili and Geng Jianyi”, West Bund Art Center, Shanghai.
2019 Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival. Xiamen.
“Blank-Filler”, the Exhibition of S-Air Residency project, S-Air Exhibition Space, Sapporo, Japan.
About the Curator
Curator, Writer, Researcher of Open Matter Institute.
Li Shengzhao graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Art and Social Thoughts, China Academy of Art (ICAST). She focuses on
artists in depth case studies. Through curatorial practice, theoretical research and writing, she is committed to thinking about the significance of "anti-establishment" and proposing art-life possibilities.