Yangjiang Group

Yangjiang Group

Rather than rebelling against the tradition of Chinese calligraphy,Yangjiang Group gets its inspiration from the origin of the ‘long river’ of Chinese calligraphy – the ancient days when painting and writing froms were not divided. For Yangjiang Group, the momentun of modern society is calligraphy coming to life and the process of creating calligraphy becomes a way for the artists to reflect the world. Combining calligraphy with the unknowable dynamics of life force, the art of Yangjiang Group forges a unique style – I make calligraphy therefore I am.

Calligraphy works as a metaphor for Yangjiang Group to indicate the unpredictability, the mistery the chances hidden under the surface of a materialistic and confusing world. In their art practice there is no fixed form. Elements from  everyday life – news talks, gambling, soccer games, discount sales etc.etc. – give birth to a new approach of making calligraphy. Time and materials are transformed into a comprehensive situation by the fermentation of interaction with wine, tea, discourses and daily situations. For example, in the work Fan Hou Shu Fa (After Meal Calligraphy), the artists turned an ordinary household dinner into a spontaneous theatre in a public space. The leftovers became the key material to create calligraphy. Food integrates with art , as an experiment to connect spirituality and the materialistic world. The content of the calligraphy worked as a motto to reflect the relation between human activities and the surroundings within the process of the performance.

01 DSC01604Final Day, Final Struggle , 2006, Performance

02 583015755_3d0b23d643_oWaterfall, Calligraphy Installation, Exhibition view at Documenta 12, Kassel, 2007

04 CAB2I1JR 05 CA0X8LWN 06 CA5GAHXVCalligraphy Banana Tree Garden, Calligrphy Garden, Kunsthaus Graz, 2007


08Capital Football, 2009, Calligraphy Installation and Videos

09 Masterpieces Written While Drunk, No.1

The Morning After: Masterpieces Written While Drunk, No.1: “I Need a New Kidney to Kill Bin Laden”, 2010 , Calligraphy (Paint on canvas), 498×210cm

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After Dinner Shu Fa, 2012, Performance and Photo, Exhibition view at Eastside Projects

The pecularities of the artists’ lives generate the way they work, which holds a characteristic of constantly adapting and integrating itself with the daily process. The very occurrences of life itself influence the art form of Yangjiang Group by offering a wide spectrum of diverse experiences, with which the artists have each time to engage through a different response, according to their perception of a certain tendency of energy.


The Studio of Yangjiang Group


(All images: Courtesy the artist and Vitamin Creative Space, Text: Vitamin Archive)


[Further reading]

Yangjiang Group: After Dinner Shu Fa at Cricket Pavilion

Yangjiang Group:From Pine Trees Garden To the playroom of the 12 animals of the Chinese horoscope

Yangjiang Group: Coordinated Attack, Wave Upon Wave