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Diagram IX, 2021

Image courtesy of the artist and Empty Gallery.
Photo credit: Pierre Le Hors

Installation view from “The Stomach and the Port”, Liverpool Biennial 2021

Image courtesy of the artist and Liverpool Biennial 2021.
Photo credit: Stuart Whipps

Network (For Dispersal), detail, 2021,

Image courtesy of the artist and Liverpool Biennial 2021.
Photo credit: Stuart Whipps

Xenophoria, 2020

Image courtesy of the artist and Empty Gallery.

Form Begets Function, 2020

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Installation view from 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN

Image courtesy of the artist and 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

Hand Feeling (still), 2019

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Installation view from An Opera for Animals.

Image courtesy of the artist and Rockbound Art Museum, Shanghai.

Installation view from The Socrates Annual 2019

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Installation view from Forget Sorrow Grass: An Archaeology of Feminine Time

Image courtesy of the artist and Times Museum, Guangzhou.

 

Installation view from CAMP FIRES The Body As A Queer Stage

Image courtesy of the artist and UV Estudios.

Systems III, 2018

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Disposed to Add, 2017, performance

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Testo-Soap, 2017

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Jes Fan (b. 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). Fan has also participated in numerous artists residencies with institutions including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Recess Art, Smack Mellon and Pioneer Works. He also participated in the Liverpool Biennale (2021), Sydney Biennale (2020), Socrates Annual (2019) and has works forthcoming in the New Museum Triennial (2021) and the Kathmandu Triennale (2022). In 2022, he will open a second solo show with Empty Gallery, and an exhibition at The Kitchen, New York City.

Education

2014
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) BFA in Glass

Awards

2020
NYFA/NYSCA Artist Fellowship (Sculpture/Craft)
BMW Art Journey Award, Finalist
2019
Devra Freelander Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park
Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, Jerome Foundation
2017
Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant Recipient
Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship, Museum of Arts and Design
Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts
2016
Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship, Wheaton Arts
2014
Award of Excellence, RISD Glass Department
2013
John A. Chironna Fellowship, RISD

Selected Collection

Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Massachusetts, USA
Sunpride Foundation, Hong Kong
X Museum, Beijing

Solo Exhibitions

Upcoming
The Kitchen, New York, NY
2018
Mother is a Woman, Empty Gallery, HK
2017
Disposed to Add, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
No Clearance in Niche, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
2016
Ot(her), Sarah Doyle Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI

Biennials and Triennials

Upcoming
New Museum Triennial
Kathmandu Triennale, Nepal
2021
The Stomach and the Port, 11th Liverpool Biennale, United Kingdom
2020
NIRIN, 22nd Biennale of Sydney, Australia

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021
CAMP FIRES THE BODY AS A QUEER STAGE, Last Tango, Zurich
2020-2021
The Body Electric, Museum of Art and Design, Miami
2019
✧Slow Hand Movements ✧* Gentle Whispers * Water * Salt * Tingles *, Boers-li Gallery, NYC
Forget Sorrow Grass: An Archaeology of Feminine Time, Times Museum, Guangzhou
The Socrates Annual 2019, Socrates sculpture park, NYC
CAMP FIRES THE BODY AS A QUEER STAGE, UV Estudios, Argentina
Kiss My Genders, Hayward Gallery, London
An Opera for Animals, Rockbound Art Museum, Shanghai
An Opera for Animals, Para Site, Hong Kong
In my room”, Antenna Space, Shanghai
no body to talk to, Invisible Exports, NYC
SportCult, Team Gallery, NYC
2018
Paradox: Haptic Body in the Age of AI, Carnegie Mellon University
Raw Design, San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, USA,
2017
Uproot, Smack Mellon, New York, NY
Glass Ceiling, UrbanGlass, New York, NY
Timeshare, Zaha Hadid Building, NY
Set on Freedom, Queens Museum, NY
In Search of Miss Ruthless, Para Site, Hong Kong
From Dada to Tada, Fisher and Parrish, Brooklyn, NY
Threshold, Underdonk Gallery, New York, NY
Stranger Things, Outpost Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016
Whereabouts, Glazenhuis Museum, Belgium
2014
Material Location, UrbanGlass, New York, NY

Residency

2019-2020
Smack Mellon, NYC, USA
2019
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, NE, USA
Recess Art, NYC USA,
2018
Alfred University, NY, USA
2017
Tyler School of Art, PA, USA
Spring Workshop, Hong Kong
Pioneer Works, NYC, USA

Bibliography

2021
“Best! Letters from Asian Americans in the arts”, Edited by Christopher K. Ho and Daisy Nam, Paper Monument
“Water-Tea-Pee-Mold-Web”, Liverpool Biennial Reader
2017
“The Artist’s Artists: Lee Relvas”, Artforum, December Issue, print

Teahing/ Lectures

2021
Visiting Artist, Columbia University
Visiting Artist, UCLA
2020
Visiting Artist, University of Wisconsin Madison
Visiting Artist, The New School
Visiting Artist, Yale University, Art History Department
Visiting Artist, Mead Museum at Amherst College
Visiting Artist, RISD Glass
Visiting Artist, ACE Open
Visiting Artist, Parsons School of Design
2019
Visiting Artist, ICA Virginia
2018
Visiting Artist, Literature Department, University of California San Diego
2017
“Feminine Essence: Estrogenic Facial”, Spring Workshop, Hong Kong
“Feminine Presence: Biology as Craft”, Museum of Arts and Design, NYC
Visiting Critic, Sculpture Department, RISD, RI
2016
Visiting Critic, Sculpture Department, Pratt Institute, NYC
Visiting Artist, Academy of Visual Arts, Baptist University, Hong Kong
2015
Visiting Critic, Glass Department, RISD, RI