Journey to the Dark
12 - 26 May 2018
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney

Opening on Saturday, 12 May 2018, 3-5pm

Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney is delighted to present the first solo exhibition in Sydney by celebrated Chinese new media artist, Yang Yongliang (b. 1980 Shanghai). A key voice of his generation, Yang is currently in residence at Dunedin Public Art Gallery as their 2018 International Visiting Artist. The exhibition at Sullivan+Strumpf coincides with his inclusion in Streams and Mountains without End at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (until 12 August 2018) and 2050, A Brief History of the Future, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (until 3 June 2018).

Yang exploits a connection between traditional Chinese art and the complexities of contemporary urban life, conflating ancient oriental aesthetics and literati beliefs with modern language and digital techniques. Born in Shanghai where he now lives and works, his groundbreaking use of photography and new media, including virtual reality and multi-channel video, is informed by Chinese Philosophy and his early training in the inherited traditions of Song Dynasty landscape painting.

Yang's work "speaks to the evolving and ever-changing dynamic of Asia [...] his significance is really that he encapsulates this moment of transition in China so well." - Mikala Tai, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, quoted in Art Collector, Issue 84, April - June 2018.

Yang Yongliang is included in numerous international museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts Boston, San Francisco; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; British Museum, London; Brooklyn Museum, New York; and the How Art Museum, Shanghai. His work has been exhibited at various international museums and biennials, including Karuizawa New Art Museum, Nagano (2017); Somerset House London (2016, 2013); Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2016, 2011); White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney (2016); Modern Art Museum, Paris (2015); Kunst und Kultur in Neuried e.V (2016); Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan (2015); Daegu Photo Biennale, Korea (2014); Singapore Art Science Museum, Singapore (2014); Moscow Biennale, Moscow (2013); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2012); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2012); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2013). Yang will also be included in a forthcoming group exhibition at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand, opening December 2018.