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b. 1968, works and lives in Shanghai
single-channel video
7 minutes 22 seconds
Edition of 5 + 2AP

In this short film YANG utilizes some of his favored themes of space and urbanization. Similar to works such as Sleepwalking Is a Therapy, Let’s Puff, and Passage, this video is filmed with a narrow frame of an urban landscape. The focus of the film is on an elderly man who walks the edge of the curb with his cane. There is no sound save for the passing traffic and general city noise. At first the film seems mundane and without purpose. But if one takes the time to watch the film YANG has once again manipulated the vision and perception of the audience. The length and width of the frame provides only one street, no intersection, and only one sidewalk. At first the man who is walking the “straight line” is unable to be seen. But as we watch, the man gets closer. One is both amused and perplexed at the idea of this slightly crippled and elderly man walking a “straight line”. He does seem to trip slightly, but proceeds gladly. Just as society and the city follows a “straight line” of growth and development so does this man, with an unknowing and pleasant smile. Though characteristic of YANG in its repetition and bland nature, the video contains a subtle message, and, if nothing else, provides amusement and artistic pleasure.

Richelle Simon in July 2013

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Video Stills

Related Exhibitions:
The Street, Where the World is Made, MAXXI, Rome, Italy 12.07, 2018 -04.28, 2018
The 7th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture, Shenzhen 12.15, 2017 -03.15, 2018
Turning Point: Contemporary Art in China Since 2000, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai 07.23, 2016 -09.04, 2016
Sign/Action, Screen Space, Melbourne, Australia 12.05, 2015 -12.19, 2015
Summer Cinema, ShanghART Main Space, Shanghai 07.25, 2015 -08.18, 2015
Eternal Return | Вечное возвращение |, Moscow Manege Museum and Exhibition Association, Moscow, Russia 01.24, 2014 -03.12, 2014
Trespassing, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai 08.16, 2013 -12.01, 2013
Passage, SHANGHAI TOP, Shanghai 09.04, 2012 -10.20, 2012

Related Texts:
YANG Zhenzhong Solo Exhibition: Trespassing PDF 2013-09-18


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