Painters & Sculptors Program 2017 Jes Fan

Painters & Sculptors Program

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Jes Fan

Brooklyn, NY

Jes Fan is a Brooklyn-based artist from Canada and Hong Kong, China. Fan’s multi-disciplinary practice is based on a material inquiry into otherness as it relates to identity politics. They received a BFA in Glass from Rhode Island School of Design in 2014. They are the recipient of various fellowships and residencies, such as the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship at Museum of Arts and Design, CCGA Fellowship at Wheaton Arts, and John A. Chironna Memorial Award at RISD. Fan has exhibited in the United States and internationally. Selected exhibitions include In Search of Miss Ruthless, Para Site (Hong Kong); Whereabouts at Glazenhuis Museum (Belgium); Material Location at Agnes Varis Gallery (New York); Ot(her) at Brown University’s Sarah Doyle Gallery (Providence).

“Approaching materials as molecules, my sculptures examine the bio-politics behind identity formation. From sex hormones to silicone, from soap to moisture, I use substances that are imbued with erotic and political signifiers, inviting viewers to radically imagine how our bodies can and do exist beyond the limits of our skin.”

  • Soft Goods I, 2017, digital inkjet print, 22 x 28 inches

  • Disposed to Add, 2017, still from performance

  • (objects for) Disposed to Add, 2017, prosthetic silicone, 20 x 25 x 10 inches

  • Testo-Candle, 2017, Depo-Testosterone, wax, candle wick, silicone, 8 x 5 x 6 inches

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.