Jes Fan

Jes Fan, Diagram I, 2018. Photo: Empty Gallery

Jes Fan, Systems II, 2018. Photo: Artist and Empty Gallery

Jes Fan, Diagram I, 2018. Photo: Empty Gallery

Jes Fan (b. 1990, Scarborough, Canada) lives and works in Hong Kong and Brooklyn, USA. Fan originally trained in glass making, but has expanded his practice to encompass diverse mediums. His trans-disciplinary practice speculates on the intersection of biology and identity in relation to the materiality of the gendered and racialised body. Fan is the recipient of various fellowships and residencies, including the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant (2017), as well as the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship (2019-2020). Recent exhibitions include Rockbund Art Museum, China (2019); Hayward Gallery, UK (2019); Empty Gallery, Hong Kong (2018); and Museum of Arts and Design, USA (2017).

Project Description

Jes Fan presents three new works at The Lewis’s Building titled Network (For Staying Low to the Ground) (2021), Network (For Survival) (2021) and Network (For Dispersal) (2021), as part of his series Networks (2020-ongoing). The sprawling new work takes the form of an entangled network of borosilicate tubing, punctuated with biomorphic forms. The sculpture also acts as an incubator for black mould, which reflects on Fan’s sustained interest in racialised fear of contamination, as well as his engagement with interspecies kinship – as allegorized by the fungal mycelium. It describes a way of learning to care for what is not human.

Supported by Empty Gallery, Canada Council for the Arts, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London, and The High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom.

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