About

Xiaojing Yan   闫晓静

Artist Statement

As an artist migrating from China to North America, both my identity and my work pass through the complex filters of different countries, languages, and cultural expectations. Making art is a transmigration of my ideas, and thus my spirit, move through and with the different layers of my physical experience.

In an effort to shape myself, I take traditional Chinese materials and techniques and reinvent them within a contemporary aesthetic and presentation. In the series, Flux, I use the reeds and red tissue paper of Chinese lantern making to mold the fragile cocoons of  an immigrant life – where staying safe and protected within an unfamiliar, often intimidating cultural environment is essential to emerging and adapting with a reincarnated identity.

In my art, every idea travels through the intricate passageway of how I think in Chinese but speak in English. Choosing the right material for my work is like choosing the right word in my vocabulary. For Guan Yin, the Goddess of Compassion, I applied the red threads used to make tassels for Chinese lanterns to a statue I had cast of her, and then, even though she was touching the floor, I suspended her by a wire to show how, in my adopted culture, I am suspended between what I used to be and what I am becoming.

I use the minimalist concepts and theatricality of my work to expose the intricate layers of my internal world where Chinese culture, training and traditions inspire my work so I can build a bridge of survival, safety and adaptation to the foreign land that molds and informs my work.

I filter Chinese thoughts through English words, English words through Chinese culture, and my images through the concepts of my art – all the while my core sense of Self remains suspended above and between these two worlds.

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Solo Exhibitions:

2019
TBD,  Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg, ON Canada
TBD, Robert Langen Art Gallery, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON Canada

2018
In Suspended Silence, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC  Canada (Sep-Nov)
Auspicious Omens, Suzhou Museum, Suzhou, China (Jan-Mar)

2017
Between Water and Mountains, Zhangjiagang Museum, Zhangjiagang, China (Dec 2017 -Jan 2o18)
Out From Among The Tranquil Woods, Varley Art Gallery, Markham, Ontario, Canada (Sep 2017-Jan 2018)
Floating, Durham Art Gallery, Durham, Ontario, Canada (July-Sep)
Under the Willow Tree, Kontort Project Space, Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, Canada (Feb-Mar)

2015
Hybrid Vigour, The Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario, Canada (Jun-Jul)
Cloud Cell, Red Head Gallery, Toronto, Canada (Jan)
New Growth-Breath in Unison, Orleans Gallery, Ottawa School of Art, Ontario, Canada (Mar-Apr)

2014
Red and White Melody, +15 WINDOW SPACE, Truck Contemporary Art Gallery, Calgary, AB,    Canada (Oct-Nov)
Innocence & Experience, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Canada (Aug-Sept)

2012
A Grasp of Shadows, Red Head Gallery, Toronto, Canada (Mar)
The Language of Life, Fairview Library Gallery, Toronto, Canada (May)

2011
New Growth, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, Ontario, Canada (Oct-Dec)
Bridge, Artspace, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada (Feb-Apr)
Cloudscape, Exhibition in corresponding to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Todmorden Mills Heritage   Museum, Toronto, Canada (Oct)

2010      Shells, Cocoons and Clouds, IndexG Gallery, Toronto, Canada (Mar-Apr)
2009     Floating, Phoenix Art Gallery, Nanjing, China (Nov)
2008     The Language of Life, Bluff Gallery, Scarborough Arts Council, Canada
2006     Transmigration and Spirit, thesis exhibition, Kipp Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA (Jun)
2004     One person exhibition, Miller Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

Special Projects:

2019     Biennale internationale du lin de Portneuf, Québec city, QC Canada
2018    The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea, Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, ON Canada
Star Mountain IV, Ed Video at Platforms Project international art fair, The Cultural Centre,  Athens, Greece
2018-2019    Cloudscape, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada (March, 2018 – Dec, 2019)
2017      Hologram Screen Public Art Project,  Hanzhong Subway Station, Shanghai, China (Mar)
2017      A Work of Heart, Forest Hill Jewish Centre, Ontario, Canada (May)
2016     Idiorrhythmic: Canadian & Chinese Artists Urban Public Space Art Creation Project , Suzhou Industrial Park, Jinji Lake Museum, Suzhou, China (Oct-Nov)
2016     Moon Light – No Vacancy Contemporary Art Event, Burlington Art Gallery, Ontario, Canada (Sep)
2014     Cloud Cell, Featured project at Art Toronto-Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada (Oct)
2014     Critique – No Vacancy Contemporary Art Event, Village Square, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
2013     Art Toronto-Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada (Oct)
2013     Dream State – No Vacancy Contemporary Art Event, The Waterfront Hotel, Burlington, Ontario,Canada (Sept)
2013     Face to Face, Artist Project – Installation Zone, Better Living Centre, Toronto, Canada (Feb)
2012     Beyond Geography/ featured exhibition at Art Toronto-Toronto International Art Fair,curated by Zheng Shengtian and Katherine Don, Metro  Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto (Oct)
2011      Face to Face, Come Up to My Room 2011, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Canada (Jan)
2010     Mutation, City on the Move-Young Artist Festival, Don mill Subway Station, Toronto, Canada
2009     Mutation, City on the Move-Young Artist Festival, Kennedy Subway Station, Toronto, Canada

Public Art and Collections:

2018   Dwelling, City of Burlington Plain Road Public Art, Ontario, Canada
2017   Sound of the Rain, Elora Centre for the Arts, Elora, Ontario, Canada
2017   Nature’s Bounty, AquaBlu Condo Development at Town of Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
2013   Cloudscape, Seneca College, Toronto, Canada
2010   Reflection, Downtown Bike Rack design, City of Burlington Public Art Program, Ontario, Canada

Award/Grant:

2018   Exhibition Installation and Design Award, Ontario Associate of Art Galleries
2018   Research and Creation Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2018   Concept to Realize Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2018   Chalmers Professional Development Projects Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2018   Artist Aboard Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2018   Exhibition Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2017   Project Grant to Visual Artists, Canada Council for the Arts
2017   Exhibition Assistant Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2017   Mid-Career Artist Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2016   Chalmers Arts Fellowships, Ontario Arts Council
2016   Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2016   Exhibition Assistant Grant, Ontario Arts Council (2)
2015   Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2015   Emerging Artist Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2014   Young Alumni Achievement Award, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
2014   Exhibition Assistant Grant, Ontario Arts Council (3)
2013   Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2013   Emerging Artist Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2013   Exhibition Assistant Grant, Ontario Arts Council (2)
2013   Mandarin Profile Awards, Fairchild TV, Canada
2012   Exhibition Assistant Grant, Ontario Arts Council (3)
2011    International Conference Travel Grant, College Art Association, New York, USA
2011    Exhibition Assistant Grant, Ontario Arts Council (3)
2011    Best of Show Award, Annual Juried Exhibition, The Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario, Canada
2010   Project Grant, Toronto Arts Council
2010   Exhibition Assistant Grant, Ontario Arts Council (2)
2009   Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2009   Emerging Artist Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2009   Best of Show Award, 135th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Ontario Society of Artists
2008   Emerging Artist Grant, Toronto Arts Council
2006   Graduate Student Research Grant, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
2005   University Senate Travel and Research Grant, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
2004   Merit Scholarship, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
2004-2007   Graduate Fellowship, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
2004   Dean’s Metal Award-for achieving the highest GPA, George Brown College, Toronto, Canada

Selected Group and Two Person Exhibitions:

2019
Glimmers of the Radiant Real, Mclntosh Gallery, London, ON Canada (Jan -Mar )

2018
Incarnation, GAWA, New York, NY USA
Incarnation II, GAWA, Shanghai, China
Glimmers of the Radiant Real, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, ON (Oct,2018-Jan,2019)
Glimmers of the Radiant Real, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON Canada (May-Sep)
Convenience, 2018 Myseum Intersections Festival, Toronto, ON Canada

2017
Beijing International Jewelry Show, Beijing Institute of fashion Technology, Beijing, China
Into You: Fall in Deep, Humber Galleries North Space, Toronto, Canada (Aug-Oct)
Into You: On the Edge, Humber Galleries L Space, Toronto, Canada (Aug-Nov)
New White Door: Come in from the Cold, Gallery 50, Toronto, Canada (Mar)
The Crafted, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Oakville, Ontario, Canada (Jan-Dec)
Jus’ toyin’ around, Flatlander Studio, curated by Douglas Lewis,Winnipeg, MB (July)

2016
On The Occasion of An Event, Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai, China (Nov)
The Heart of Healing, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

2014
Out Sourcing, University Museum at Nanjing University of Arts, China (Dec-Jan)
The Red and the Black- The biennial World of Threads Festival, Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, Joshua Creek, Oakville, Ontario, Canada (Nov)
Inside / Outside, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL USA (June-July)
INTREPID, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto (Feb-Mar)
(Da bao)(Takeout), curated by Shannon Anderson and Douglas Lewis, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC, Canada (Jan-Mar)

2013
Inside/Outside, Blink gallery, Ottawa, Canada (Jul-Aug)
(Da bao)(Takeout), curated by Shannon Anderson and Douglas Lewis, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (Apr-Jun)
Artist Project – Installation Zone, Better Living Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Feb)
Group Show, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Jan-Feb)

2012
Inside/Outside, the Red Head Gallery, Toronto, Ontario Canada (Nov -Dec)
Material Connections, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Nov-Dec)
(Da bao)(Takeout), curated by Shannon Anderson and Douglas Lewis, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (Nov-Jan)
(Da bao)(Takeout), curated by Shannon Anderson and Douglas Lewis, Varley Public Art Gallery, Markham, Ontario, Canada (Sep)
Bridging Cultures, two person show, curated by Lenore Burton, The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts Centre, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada (May)
Colour and Form Biennial Art Exhibition, Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Art Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (May – June)

2011
The View from Here: New Landscape, curated by Dawn Owen, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada (Oct) (Catalog)
Infinity, Sculptors Society of Canada, 83rd Anniversary Members’ Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, oronto, Canada (Sep)
Memory, Ontario Society of Artist 137th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Canada (April)
Instruments for Free Space: [TheUser] & Xiaojing Yan, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada (May-July)
Annual Juried Exhibition , Latcham Gallery , Stouffville, Ontario Canada (April -May)
3rd Dimension, Sculptor’s Society of Canada, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Canada (Aug-Sep)

2010
Insomnia, Redhead Gallery, Toronto, Canada;
Critical Mess-Member Show, Sculptor’s Society of Canada, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Canada;
Biannual Juried Exhibition, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby, Ontario, Canada;
Recall – 25th Juried Exhibition, Scarborough Arts Council, Ontario, Canada;
Spring Fever, Scarborough Arts Council, ON, Canada;
Cause & Effect – 136th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Canada;
Lust, Canadian Sculpture Centre, Toronto, Canada

2009
Common Thread 2009, Biennial International Fiber Art & Craft Festival, Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, Oakville, Canada
10th Annual Emerging Sculptors Exhibition, Sculptor’s Society of Canada, Canadian Sculpture Centre, Toronto, Canada
Untapped, Juried Exhibition, Artist Project Toronto, Canada;
The New Hybrids -Juried Exhibition in Mixed Media, The Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Canada;
Open Mind – Ontario Society of Artists 135th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Canada
41st Open National Juried Show, Society of Canadian Artists, Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum, Toronto, Canada

2008
Color and Form Society Biennial Exhibition, Paper Mill Gallery, Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum, Toronto, Canada
35th Annual Juried Show, Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, ON, Canada;
Surface – Ontario Society of Artists 134th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Open Juried Show, Beaux-art Brampton, Brampton, Canada
Sculpture Group Show, Ben Navaee Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2006
Cross-Cultural Exchange, Robert Shaw Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
Annual Graduate Juried Exhibition, University Museum, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

2005
Three Rivers Art Festival, P.P.G. Wintergarden, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
The Adirondack Chair: Transformation/Reinvention, University Museum, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA USA
Annual Graduate Juried Exhibition, University Museum, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

Education:

2007  M.F.A. Sculpture, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA. USA
2004  Certificate Jewelry Essentials, George Brown College, Toronto, Canada
2000  B.F.A. Decorative Art, Nanjing Arts Institute, Jiangsu, China

Related Experience:

2018-Present    Art and Art History Program Advisory Committee,  Sheridan College, ON Canada
2017          Examiner, Thesis Committee,  Master of Fine Arts degree at University of Windsor, ON Canada
2016         Juror,  Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant
2010         Art Instructor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC Canada
2004-2006   Graduate Teaching Assistant, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA USA

Selected Bibliography:

Hybrid Vigour Exhibition Review, Margaret Rodgers, Sculpture Magazine, October 2016 Vol. 35 No. 8
Ryan Smith , Of Clouds and Cocoons: Interview with Xiaojing Yan by Matthew Ryan Smith, Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Volume 14, Number 4, July/August 2015. pp.73-82
Duncan Fletcher, Latcham Celebrates Local Talents, Stouffville Review, Volume 2, issue5, May 2015
OMNI TV interview, September 2015
Fairchild TV interview, October 2015
Cloudcell, On Record, Sculpture Magazine, 34 .No. 8 October 2015
Ling-Zhi, On Record, Sculpture Magazine, 34 .No. 5 June 2015
Textile Art Around the world, Ellen Bakker, 2014, ISBN: 9789081847674 pp.
In the Pond, On Record, Sculpture Magazine 31 .No. 9 November 2012
Mariam Nader, (Da bao)(Taleour):Goo to Go, Canadian Art, Review online, June 7, 2012
Television Interview, Fairchild Television, 2012
Artsync Interview, January 2012
Vaughan, Sailors, psychoanalysis and star anise, The Globe and Mail, Saturday, Mar. 17, 2012. pp. R14
Gareth Bate, Ten Up-and-Coming Canadian Fiber Artists to Watch, Fiber Focus, Volume 54, Winter 2011. pp.13
Arlene Laskey. Display Prompts Reflection on Possibilities of Growth, The Expositor, November 24, 2011. pp. A10
Gareth Bate & Dawne Rudman. Weekly Artist Interview, http://worldofthreadsfestival.com
Jeremy Vandermeij. Interview with Xiaojing Yan, com
Vaughan. Just don’t Expect Decoration 101, The Globe and Mail, Saturday, January 29, 2011. pp.R12
Andrew Sardone. Double Identity, NOW Magazine, January 27-Febraury 2, 2011, ISSUR 1514 VOL.30 NO. 22. pp.24
Live in a Bubble, On Record, Sculpture Magazine, Vol. 29 .No. 7 September 2010
Bridge, On Record, Sculpture Magazine, Vol. 29 .No. 2 March 2010

Artist Talks/ Panel Discussions:

2018     OCAD University, Artist Talk, Toronto,  ON Canada
2018     Sheridan College,  Artist Talk, Oakville, ON Canada
2017     Varley Art Gallery, Artist Talk, Markham, ON Canada
2015     The Latcham Gallery, Artist Talk, Stouffville, Ontario, Canada
2015     Ottawa School of Art, Artist Talk, Orleans Gallery, Ontario, Canada
2014     Lonsdale Gallery, Artist Talk, Toronto, Canada
2014     Surrey Art Gallery, Artists in Conversation, Laiwan, Zheng Shengtian, and Xiaojing Yan. Surrey, BC, Canada
2012     The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts Centre, Artist Talk, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada (May)
2012     Varley Public Art Gallery, Panel Discussion, organized by Markham Arts Council and Diaspora Dialogues.
2012     Varley Public Art Gallery, Artist Talk, Markham, Ontario, Canada (May)
2011     Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Artist Talk, Guelph, Ontario, Canada (Oct)

Curatorial Project:

2017        2nd Idiorrhythmic: Canadian & Chinese Sculpture Creation Project, Zhangjiagang Museum, Zhangjiagang, China (Nov-Dec)

2016       Idiorrhythmic: Canadian & Chinese Artists Urban Public Art Creation Project , Suzhou Industrial Park, organizer: Jinji Lake Art Museum, Jiangsu Meijing Cultural Industry & Development Co., Ltd. (Oct-Nov) Participating Canadian artists:  Iain Baxter, Ian Carr-Harris, Yvonne Lammerich, Xiaojing Yan, Yam Lau, Nadia Myre ,Alexandre David, Mani Mazinani, Scott Harbor.  Participating Chinese Artists: Wang Xubin, Shen Jianguo, Cao Lei, Chen Ping, Zhou Nianqing

2007   Ye Wei’s Chinese Landscape Painting, Kipp Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA