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Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview

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Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客


Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客

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Frank Wang Yefeng


Born in Shanghai in 1984, Frank Wang Yefeng currently lives and works between Providence (RI, USA) and New York (NY, USA). His recent solo exhibitions include: "Slow Spectre", SEAGER, London, UK (2022); "The Levitating Perils", Chazan Gallery at Wheeler, Providence, RI, The USA (2022); “On Hold”, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China; “The Expelled New”, Multispace NYC, New York, US (2020). He also attended the following group exhibitions: Boomerang – OCAT Biennale 2021, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China (2021); “Liminal Pavilion”, Bangkok Biennial, Bangkok, Thailand (2020); “World on Fire”, Supernova Animation Festival 2020, Denver Digerati, Colorado, USA (2020); “Resonance”, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China (2020); International Festival Les Instants Video, Marseilles, France (2018); “Liminality”, The Border Project Space, Brooklyn, NY, USA (2018).

Frank Wang Yefeng is an interdisciplinary artist who works across multiple media, including 3D animation, video art, installation, and poetry. Through CGI simulations of hyperreality and absurd cinematic compositions, his practice produces peculiar and poetic entanglement of reality and fantasy. Traversed from China to North America, his existential position as a multicultural individual illuminates his creation and makes him investigate the questions related to Nomadism and liminality. As a migrant who turned nomad, his experience hatches whimsical characters that are often post-anthropocentric, and imageries that weave together the real and the virtual. The narratives in his time-based works are often in-between frontiers, multi-linguistic, and in the state of becoming.



The Levitating Perils

(2022)

Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客
Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客


Experimental 3D animation with sound, Outdoor Projection Installation, Sculpture


"The Levitating Perils" is a provocative work exploring the transformation of the Chinese diasporic subjectivities amid uncertainties and challenges. It responds to the returning surge in hate against Asian communities and delves into the genealogy of “Yellow Perilism,” which roots within a long tradition of Eurocentric representation of Asia as a threat to the “West.” Amongst all the racial incarnations in history, a vicious octopus with Fu-Manchu’s head is an icon that consistently appears via images, documents, and texts. 

BIRDS Volume II:

Slow Spectre

(2021)


Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客


Experimental 3D animation, HD single-channel video, Outdoor billboards | 2'40''


The piece is inspired by a discursive road trip in a remote area in Europe. Away from the primary highroads and large chain gas stations, an absurd bird-shaped mannequin is accidentally encountered at a humble café on a country roadside. The mannequin endlessly waves at the passing vehicles without receiving a response. In the animation, the character appears as an invisible ghost who levitates on the road. It witnesses its surroundings while constantly being neglected. Its sedate sense of time is in contrast to the constant acceleration of the passengers under its eyes.


Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客


BIRDS Volume II:

SO SAD

(2021)







Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客


Experimental 3D animation, HD single-channel video | 4‘


This piece is inspired by a graffitied bird spotted in Dresden. In its story, a conversation unravels between the bird on the wall and a tourist. The animation juxtaposes graffiti as a symbol of free expression and a law that marks graffitis as vandalism to revisit the notion of freedom. 

BIRDS Volume I

(2019)












Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客


Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客

The House of the Solitary

(2020)


3D animation, Multi-channel video with sound, Writing; Infinite Loop



"The House of the Solitary" combines poems, 3D rendering, texts sculpted in VR, and distorted soundtracks of airline on-hold music. It is derived from a lock-down experience in Berlin due to the pandemic in 2020. The prolonged stay and multiple flight cancelations put one in a peculiar liminal situation, as the initial brief stop-over evolved into an absurdity of time and space. During the lock-down, I've spent most of the time indoors instead of going out to explore the unfamiliar city. As time goes, the temporary accommodation became customary while the surroundings remained utterly foreign. This created a strong feeling of displacement and solitude. During the process, I developed intimacy with the objects stranded together with me, which eventually led to the creation of the work. 


Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客




Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客
Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客

On Hold Installation view

Frank Wang Yefeng's solo show at Vanguard (2021)

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Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客

The Cellphone

15 x 9 x 6.5 cm | 2020

Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客

Easter Chocolate

5 x 4 x 1.2 cm | 2020



Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客


The House of the Solitary - The Phrases 2

Computer Assisted Digital Photography | 55 ×55 cm, 120 × 120 cm | 2020


The Groundless Protag

(2019-)

Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客
Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客


Motion capture, HD Videos, 3D Animation, Infinite Loop


"The Groundless Protag" is a series of 3D animated characters trapped in their digital stand-alone screens,who continuously attempt to connect with each other and viewers through their emotional outbursts. Theirmelancholy and confusion reflect an integral dimension of my personal life in "exile," and examine ourshared feelings to others woven by a complicated era.

Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客

ZAZ10TS, 10 Times Square Billboard, NY, The USA

4/6/2021 - 4/30/2021








Moscow Has Nice Weather

(2019)


Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客


3D Animation, Dual-Channel Video Installation | Infinite loop


"Moscow Has Nice Weather" is displayed as a dual-channel video installation. The piece comprises phone footage ofin-flight screens, poems about the uncertainty of intercontinental traveling, and 3D rendered images. The repetitiveaudio-visuality of its animation suspends viewers in contemplation and emphasizes the process of travel as anessential spatio-temporal experience of becoming. Several lines of poetry manifest the unknown future’s mixture ofanxiety and freedom: “I wish I could drive across the Pacific Ocean / Do your best to enjoy the journey / To theabyss of unknown.”



ROTATION METHOD

(2018)


Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客


Experimental 3D animation, 4K duel channel video, 2.1 sound | 11'03''


“ROTATION METHOD” is a video installation that combined experimental 3D animation and digital printing on canvas. Thetitle is in reference to Soren Kierkegaard’s theory of the same name, which proposes a mechanism used to avoidboredom, but eventually leads to a state of despair. The film depicts a surreal exploration of a traveler in a goldplated racing helmet, accompanied by a dog with a phonograph head. The protagonist’s expedition brings himpleasure, but at the same time leads him to difficult circumstances. The dog as his companion, is a symbol ofmetaphor of life. Tension exists between the two, as the dog penetrates the traveler’s body with its spinningapparatus on the head. When the traveler was killed by the dog, the two continue on their journey, a cycle betweenlife, death and an infinite exploration.


Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客

ROTATION METHOD - 

Crossing the Alps


Digital photography

170 x 170 cm

2018


Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客

Metamorphosis


Ceramic sculpture

18 x 12 x 18 cm

2022



Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客

[penthaus’]

(2017)


Two Channel Synchronized Video Installation with 5.1 Surround sound, 3D animation, Infinite loop



A story in the old Chinese book “A New Account of the Tales of the World” has been staying on Frank WangYefeng’s mind. In the story, the Wei Jin period drunk poet Liu Ling was lying wasted and naked in his house, andclaimed the universe as his house, and his house as his underpants. In [’penthaus], I fabricated a metaphorical virtualhouse with 3D models of a common pair of jeans and daily objects, and created a pig without back-limbs as themain character. It poses an allegorical question: the notion of both the house and the pants are obscure to thischaracter, and at the same time he has no choice but to live in this pants that he can never fit on.


Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客

The Drifting Stages 01

(2016)


Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客


Video Installation, 3D animation, Infinite loop


"The Drifting Stages" is a series of looping 3D animation reflecting on Frank Wang Yefeng experiences moving from China to theU.S. over a decade ago. The constant relocation and the long distance from his birthplace bring forth a strong sense ofinstability and an increasingly obscure notion of home. The results of this contemplation are peculiar scenes of fever andecstasy containing strobing and hallucinating props blending with trivial household objects.


Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客

The Drifting Stages 02 (2016)

Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客
Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客
Artist | Frank Wang Yefeng Works Overview Artist USA and York His Spectre SEAGER London Wheeler Providence 崇真艺客

Dreamspace (2016)

VR Interactive environment, Dimensions variable

Based on "The DriftingStages"



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