Yan Xing’s work can be viewed through the lenses of contexts and ecology specific to the art world, but also in relation to the process of dissemination that plays a decisive role in our daily reality. By extension, one could view him either as an exceptional young artist or as a person whose subjectivety is partly constructed by the intervention of his identity into social media. Furthermore,Yan Xing’s work does not only move within the constellation of his identity.
But his attentiveness to absence, the appropriation of presence and the rhetorical interrogation of nature and body all play a part in forming the unmediated and direct quality that underpins his work. The ambiguous dance between dissemination, everyday life and art production explores the
commonalities shared by the generation of artists who are now emerging.
Yan Xing’s work is not so much an in-depth investigation of a specific medium but the balanced integration between medium and method of art with social media, thus creating mutual influence and transformation between the two. Consequently, as an artists who uses identity as the subject of praxis, Yan Xing gradually explores and cultivates the intrinsic possibility of multimedia and the diversity in terms of artistic form and method. In his work, the sense of presence is conveyed through a unique situation constructed by live singing and monologue, which can be considered as a linear interpretation and expression of popular culture, contemporary art and his own submergence therein. But what delineates his uniqueness from such linear construction lies in the way he engages international art currents through ostensibly unobstructed linkage with Chinese contemporary reality.
There is a strong consistence between the original intention of CCAA and its methodology, which are both oriented toward the future development of Chinese contemporary art. We hope that as Yan Xing makes his way through the international art circuit, he can cultivate his artistic presentation and position in the native context, thus propel himself further in terms of medium and conceptual depth.
Thus on behalf of the jury, I congratulate Mr. Yan Xing for winning this year’s CCAA Best Young Artist Award.