Actions for Tomorrow is the first solo exhibition in Australia of Yangjiang Group, the Chinese artist collective that use the medium of calligraphy as a conceptual springboard into a diverse range of installations and performances. Hailing from Yangjiang, a coastal city in Guangdong province, Yangjiang Group comprises of three key members – Zheng Guogu, Chen Zaiyan and Sun Qinglin – as well as a number of collaborators from their hometown.
In Actions for Tomorrow, Yangjiang Group will continue their investigation into the impact of social change on people and communities by addressing the relationship between calligraphy as high culture and it’s everyday use; from personal catchcries to marketing slogan; hand-scrawled gambling receipts to the written rules for sports and games. The exhibition focuses on two distinct bodies of work which will include wax-encased sculpture, kinetic elements, and a specially commissioned large-scale calligraphic mural spanning 10 metres of the gallery walls.
Download the exhibition room sheet for the exhibition here
Yangjiang Group are Zheng Guogu (b. 1970, Yangjiang, China), Chen Zaiyan (b. 1971, Yangchun, China) and Sun Qinglin (b. 1974, Yangjiang, China). Founded in 2002 the group name themselves after their home town, a city in Guangdong province, where their principle studio is located. Their work is dedicated to reaching the widest possible audience often through creating ephemeral works. Yangjiang Group have been widely exhibited at prestigious galleries and museums such as the San Diego Museum of Art, USA; Tate Liverpool, UK; Kunthaus Graz, Austria; Mori Art Museum, Japan; and Guangdong Museum of Art and He Xiangning Museum of Art, China. They also participated in Art Basel in 2008, 2010 and 2012; the Venice Biennale in 2003; and the Gwangju Biennale in 2002.
Janelle Carrigan, Yangjiang Group opens Mass Group Incident in Sydney, New York Times, 24 February 2015.
Luise Guest, Anarchy, Tea, and After-Dinner Calligraphy: Interview with the Yangjiang Group, Daily Serving, 30 January 2015.
Nicholas Forrest, Yangjiang Group’s Genre-Defying Acts at 4A Sydney, Artinfo, 23 January 2015.
Leann Richards, Actions for Tomorrow – Yangjiang Group, 26 January 2015.
Yangjiang Group: Actions for Tomorrow, ARTAND, January 2015.
Dee Jefferson, Actions for Tomorrow, TimeOut Sydney, January 2015.
Kate Britton, Economies of communication, belief and action, RAVEN, 19 January 2015.
Gina Fairley, Note to self – take it global! Arts Hub, 16 January 2015.
Annie Murney, Chinese art collective Yangjiang Group comment on society with a room-size installation and ‘After Dinner Calligraphy’, Concrete Playground, 12 January 2015.
Stella Rosa McDonald, A conversation with Zheng Guogu, Ocula, 12 November 2014.
Yangjiang Group – Actions for Tomorrow is produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; supported by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; supported by the City of Sydney Cultural Grants Program; supported by Chinese Garden of Friendship – Darling Harbour; assisted by the generous supporters of 4A’s Actions for Tomorrow Kickstarter campaign; and is an associated event of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.