He An

Born 1970, Wuhan, Hubei, People’s Republic of China | Lives and works in Beijing, People’s Republic of China

He An, installation view of What Makes Me Understand What I Know? (two works), 2013, neon and LED lights and photographs, dimensions variable; Courtesy of Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai; Photo: Greenhouse Media


He An is part of an emerging generation of artists born after China’s Cultural Revolution who are making work in the midst of an enormous industrial expansion. His work largely deals with the physical and psychological atmosphere of China’s growing cities, especially the signs, lights, and language that populate the built environment. In 2000, He started incorporating into his art neon light-box characters—gathered from the ubiquitous signage of fast-growing cities like Shenzhen and Wuhan. His work was featured in the Shanghai Biennale (2006); he also shows at Leo Xu Projects (Shanghai), Pace Beijing, Galerie Daniel Templon (Paris and Brussels), and White Rabbit Gallery (Sydney).

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