Installed at the Belkin Art Gallery and at Walter C. Koerner Library, Excessive Transition (2008) by Geng Jianyi is a series of large and small black-and-white photographs of everyday objects from the artist’s daily life. Geng uses techniques to create semi-transparent, abstract, and eerie subtle effects that have been equated with ideas about the withdrawal of the individual from society.
Geng Jianyi (b. 1962) is a foundational figure in contemporary Chinese art and was part of the artistic collective known as Chi She (Pool Association) and a major participant in the '85 New Wave Movement. Using a wide range of media, his work is often known for its stark simplicity and concerns about personal identity and individuality.
Yellow Signal: New Media in China is initiated by Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Zheng Shengtian, in collaboration with Charles H. Scott Gallery at Emily Carr University, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia, Pacific Cinémathèque, Republic Gallery, Surrey Art Gallery, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
We thank Walter C. Koerner Library for participating in this project.