Jun Yang

Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst

JUN YUANG'S METHOD is simple and catchy: juxtaposing Western symbols with Eastern ones. The large, fifteen-piece wall work From . . . D./How to Do That?, 2001, in the style of instruction cards provided on airplanes, for instance, juxtaposes Eastern and Western greeting customs. Chopsticks/How to Do That?, 2001, consists of three large light boxes imparting wordless directions for the implements' use—a motif that recurs in BA006 Chicken with curry rice, 2001, where a few pictorial elements applied to the wall and a spare text relate the artist's melancholy thoughts on the matter of chopsticks.

Yang's family moved to Vienna in 1979, when he was four—too young for him to have retained clear memories of his homeland—and his parents opened a Chinese restaurant in Vienna. “What else could they do?” he asks in Coming Home: Daily Structures of Life, 2000–01. In this central, penetrating

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