GONG JIAN

Gong Jian works in a diverse range of media from painting to installation. Notable for his resistance to the centrism of Beijing via his work from the artistic periphery of Wuhan, he has proven himself to be one of the most interesting artists of his generation. Always willing to forge his own path in terms of stylistic development and social intervention, Gong Jian works in a field from his peers and the results are fascinating.

Recently, he has moved towards more academically informed experiments with discourses of depth and authenticity, examining the relationship between style and content. Throughout his career, the artist has concentrated on the concept of the intervention, in both public space and in art history. His newest oil paintings capture the vibrancy and visual interest of his colorful earlier works while maintaining the academic edge of his conceptually rich recent work.

Gong Jian was born in 1978 in Jiangzhou (Hubei province,China). He graduated from the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts in 2001, he currently lives and works in Wuhan.

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    Born in 1978, Jingzhou, Hubei, China
    Lives and works in Wuhan

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2016
    Gong Jian: From Byzantine Community to East Lake Park, Antenna Space Gallery, Beijing, China

    2012
    Nothing Is Important, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China

    2009
    You Should Learn to Waite, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China

    2008
    People’s Park, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China Unhappy, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2020
    Muses, Yu Gong and Compasses, Pingshan Museum, Shenzhen, China
    CLEAN, SPURS Gallery, Beijing, China
    The Farm, chi K11 Art Space, Shenyang, China

    2019
    Open Islands, Tang Contemporary Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand
    Hic Sunt Leones, Surplus Space, Wuhan, China; 798 Art Centre, Beijing, China
    The Variable and The Generating, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China
    River Flowing Without a Beacon 1979, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China
    Corner Square Montage, Surplus Space, Wuhan, China

    2018
    Painting Mapping, National Agricultural Center, Beijing, China

    2017
    Boundless Realities, Multiple Now – Contemporary Art From Hubei As A Sample, Wuhan University Wanlin Museum, Wuhan, China
    Simul Taneous Eidos – Guangzhou Image Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
    Refocusing – Opening Exhibition of Fine Arts Literature Art Center’s New Space, New Space Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China
    Urban Constellation, K11 Art Village, Wuhan, China
    Among Friends, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China
    Fantasy Creator, chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China

    2016
    Our Painting, YAM Museum, Beijing, China
    Drawing – Apperceive of Liberation, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China
    Exotic Stranger, Paris-Beijing Gallery, Paris, France
    Exhibitions We Have Made These Years, Sheshan Contemporary Art Center, Shanghai, China
    Asia Now, 9 Avenue Hoch, Paris, France

    2015
    No Apple No Show We gallery, Shanghai, China
    Text Pause, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China
    Base, UCCA STORE, Beijing, China
    Southern wind, Antenna Space, Shanghai, China
    Fat Choi, A307 Space /Gland Space, Beijing, China
    Notes on paintings, Blue roof museum of Chengdu, Chengdu, China
    The Annual Exhibition of Wuhan,Wuhan-An Urban History Linked by Art, Wuhan Art Museum

    2014
    The being of non being A kind of personal expression on Meta-painting, Linda gallery, Beijing, China
    MEMO II, White space gallery, Beijing, China
    Summer 2014:Friends, Pool and Waves, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China
    Uneasy Trip in Asia Star Gallery, Beijing, China
    You can only think about something∕If you think of something else, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China
    Given, NUO Art Gallery, Beijing, China
    Re——Modernization, The 3nd Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts of Wuhan, Hubei Museum Of Art, Wuhan, China
    Conscious: Twelve Views on Painting Tang contemporary art Center, Beijing, China
    Wormhole, Geo-attraction, Lin&Lin Gallery, Taipei, China
    Boredom is the Beginning of Action, L-Art Gallery, Chengdu, China

    2013
    ON/OFF ON | OFF: CHINA’S YOUNG ARTISTS IN CONCEPT AND PRACTICE, UCCA, Beijing, China

    2012
    Re:Painting, Platform China, BeiJing, China Painting Lesson II, Negative and Positive Style, Yang Gallery, Beijing, China
    Pulse Reaction, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China

    2011
    The Wedding Banquet, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong
    15 Days:A Collaborative Work, White Box Museum, Beijing, China

    2010
    The Burden of Representation: Abstraction in Asia Today, Osage Gallery, Hong-Kong
    China- DU—CROSSOVER, Aroundspace, Shanghai, China

    2009
    Hubei and Hunan Chinese Contemporary Art 1985-2009, Guangdong museum of art, Guangzhou, China
    PAWNSHOP, The Shop Of Vitamin, Creative Space, Beijing, China
    Nomality: 2009 New Artworks Show, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan, China
    Deutschland und China – Gemeinsam in Bewegung, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China

    2008
    Time-Lag, Magee Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain
    Poorism, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China
    Notes of conception: A local narrative of Chinese contemporary painting, Iberia Center for contemporary Art
    Winter Group Show, Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China

    2007
    Forms of concepts The 2nd Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts of Wuhan, Hubei Museum Of Art, Wuhan, China
    Wuhan! Wuhan!, Nanjing Square Museum Of Contemporary Art, Nanjing, China
    Visual Experiences, China National Art Museum, Beijing, China

    2006
    Twelve, Chinese Contemporary Art Awards, Zendai MOMA, Shanghai
    DFOTO, San Sebastian International Contemporary Photography and Video-Art Fair, San Sebastian, Spain
    Young artists Paintings Exhibition, HANMO Arts Gallery, Beijing
    Limited & Freedom, Fine Arts Literature Art Center, Wuhan
    Happy New year, Young artists, Paintings Exhibition, Wuhan

    2005
    WHS+8-Siemens art project, Construction Bank Bldg, Wuhan

    2004
    Congratulations on Become Riches-Fish Eye Passes as Pear-A Bully with a Coward, Red City Art Center, Wuhan
    Slow Down: Contemporary Art Exhibition, Wuhan
    Plug and Play, Byzantium Residential Community, Wuhan

    2003
    The 5th System : Public Art in the Age of Post–Planning, Shenzhen Distance, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou
    The Minority Subordinate to the Majority, BIZART Art Center, Shanghai

    2002
    Chinart The Contemporary Art from China, Kuppersmuhle Museum, Germany; MACRO, Roma, Italy
    Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary

    2002
    Municipal Gallery in Bydgoszcz, Poland
    New Urbanism, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou

    2001
    Welcome, Jingsha Center, Wuhan

    1999
    Outside of the Site –Water, Pingu, Beijing

    AWARDS

    2006
    China Contemporary Art Award

    COLLECTIONS

    Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
    Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China
    M+Sigg Collection, Hong Kong
    White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney