Now Open: Greater Toronto Art 2024, March 22–July 28.

Jes Fan, Bivalve I, 2023. Courtesy of artist and Empty Gallery. Photo by Pierre Le Hors.

Jes Fan

Greater Toronto Art 2024

Jes Fan (b. Scarborough, Ontario) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Hong Kong and Brooklyn. Originally trained in glassmaking, Fan has expanded his practice to encompass diverse mediums and approaches. Spanning video and sculpture, his transdisciplinary practice speculates on the intersection of biology and identity in relation to the materiality of the gendered and racialized body. Fan received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design and is the recipient of various fellowships and residencies, including the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2017 and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2022. Recent exhibitions include Empty Gallery (Hong Kong), MIT List Visual Arts Center (Cambridge), UCCA Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing), Kunsthall Trondheim, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai), and Hayward Gallery (London). He has also participated in the Venice Biennale, New Museum Triennial (New York), Liverpool Biennial, Biennale of Sydney, and The Socrates Annual (New York).

For GTA24, Jes Fan is creating a site-specific wall-based sculptural installation that will, in addition to materials used more commonly in his practice like glass and resin, include soy “skin”.  The commission builds on recent work developed for the Sigg Prize exhibition at M+ Museum in Hong Kong, and from research undertaken into soybeans and soy production specifically within the Greater Toronto Area. |

GTA24 Live

Artist x Artist: Jes Fan and Sin Wai Kin
Saturday, March 23, 2024 | 2:00 pm– 3:30 pm | Cost: $25 | Location: Paradise Theatre | 10% off for Enthusiast, Catalyst and Sustaining Members

Join MOCA at Paradise Theatre on March 23 from 2–3:30 pm for a talk between two of the artists in GTA24, Jes Fan and Sin Wai Kin. Fan and Sin will be coming together to discuss their connections to and distance from the Greater Toronto Area, and the notion of desire as it relates to each of their practices. 

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