Jes Fan: Artist TalkArtist Talk from Jes Fan
Jes Fan is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Canada and raised in Hong Kong, China. They received a BFA in Glass from Rhode Island School of Design. Fan's trans-disciplinary practice is based on a material inquiry into otherness as it relates to identity politics. Reflecting on the intersections of many identities, they question the concept of “otherness” by creatively exploring materials and substances with social, political, and erotic connotations. Working with glass, latex, silicone, glycerin, and injectable Depo-Testosterone, Fan’s playful, poetic objects and drawings explore transgender identity, body modification, and self-determination. Critical of stereotypes and hierarchies, Fan’s paradoxical creations (a limp pink silicone dumbbell, testosterone-scented candles) greet viewers as riddles, inspiring complex meditations on the conventions and inventions of gender.
Fan is the recipient of various fellowships and residencies, such as the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship at Museum of Arts and Design, Pioneer Works, and a CCGA Fellowship at Wheaton Arts. Fan has exhibited in the United States and internationally; selected exhibitions include No Clearance in Niche at Museum of Art & Design (New York), Whereabouts at Glazenhuis Museum (Belgium), Material Location at Agnes Varis Gallery (New York), and Ot(her) at Brown University’s Sarah Doyle Gallery (Providence).
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