Hongjie Yang’s work is characterised by objects that exist in liminal states of being, capturing the ambiguity of multiple dualities within a single form. This approach is informed by an exploration of the analogies and interconnections between humankind, nature, and the cosmos, and by the premise of the universe constantly evolving as an implicit whole under the collective dynamics of explicitly opposed forces and processes.

Yang’s works touch on the realms of the uncanny and the mysterious. Initial familiarity is undermined by questions around the properties of materials, the objects’ origins, and the processes through which they were made. They are reminiscent of artefacts and specimens, excavated from a new frontier where time and materiality are fluid. The uncertain quality of these works invites the viewer into a state of contemplation and wonder in the face of the unknown.

Yang studied in the USA and at Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands, where he received a Master in Contextual Design in 2015. He is currently based in the Netherlands.


Selected Exhibitions and Events:


2021 - Cosmos, CID Le Grand-Hornu, Belgium.

2020 - Design and Wondrous, Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum, Shanghai, China.
2020 - La Manufacture, curated by Lidewij Edelkoort, Gare Saint Sauveur, Lille, France.
2019 - The State of Extreme, Design Museum Holon, Tel Aviv, Israel.
2019 - Nature Morte / Nature Vivante, CID Le Grand-Hornu, Belgium.
2019 - Talk, Forum Vertigo, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.
2019 - Talk, Design Marabout n°7, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.
2019 - La Fabrique du Vivant, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.
2018 - Naked, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, the Netherlands.
2017 - Fundamentals, Dutch Invertuals, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
2017 - Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Milan, Italy.
2017 - Harvest, Dutch Invertuals, Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy.
2017 - The Future Perfect, New York City, USA.
2016 - Power Play, Dutch Invertuals, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
2016 - The Wild Things, curated by Lidewij Edelkoort, Texture, Kortrijk, Belgium.
2016 - The Life Fair, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2016 - Unsettling Green, MARTa Herford Museum, Herford, Germany.
2016 - Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Milan, Italy.
2016 - Advanced Relics, Dutch Invertuals, Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy.
2015 - Thing Nothing, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
2015 - Graduation Show, Design Academy Eindhoven, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
2014 - Sense Nonsense, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
2014 - Designing Scarcity, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


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