Yang Dongxue is a young Chinese contemporary artist, one of a growing number of Chinese artists who tell biting historical, social and political parables through wry and satirical drawing, caricature and graphic design.
Yang Dongxue was born in 1984 in Shenyang, China. He attended Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2003 but dropped out after a year feeling constrained by the rigidity and bureaucracy of the institution.
Dongxue works with sculptural and sound installation and watercolor drawings, focusing on the artist’s perpetual struggle to express oneself honestly. Dongxue’s practice is marked by a deep ambivalence toward art production and his role as a player in the contemporary art scene. Yang is intrigued by realities we cannot or do not want to change and he explores the ‘dependency’ we develop for this reality in his works. He enjoys working on mechanical installations and is a rock musician himself.
The conscious and subconscious act of conceiving the artwork is the focal point for Yang. He aims to illustrate the prelude to art production, rather than the result or objects of such production. His focus is on the thought process in ‘making stuff’, while knowing that such artist-produced iterations will never fully meet the artist’s expectations. Shifting the focus away from the outcome, Yang aims at demonstrating his what transpires prior to giving birth to the object.
Yang Dongxue selected solo exhibitions include Got used to Consume Today’s Achievement with Achievement Habitually at the Look Art Space in 2013, Romance in a Humble Moment at the Yan Club Arts Center in Beijing, in 2012, Tell Me How To BE Sad, Yan Club Arts Center, Beijing in 2010, and Disorder – Symphonic projects in the world, at the First Live art space Guangzhou, in 2009. He participated in several group exhibitions, such as Keep the Modern Going: Immersion, Waiting and Idealism, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen in 2014, and New Paper, Pékin Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing in 2013.
Yang Dongxue currently resides and works in Beijing.