Yixuan Pan

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Recent Work

How I Wonder What You Are

How To Clean a Window

Dreams of A Common Language

An Orchestra at Elsewhere

Artist's Biography

Yixuan Pan is an artist who was born and raised in the land of fish and rice, Hunan, China. To deal with issues of translation and communication as well as reimagining the western hegemony through a global outlook, her anti-disciplinary practice merges multiple media and modes of presentation such as installation, video, performance, dumpling making, poetry composing, swimming pool exercising, lollipop casting, soap bubble blowing, music therapy operating, glass shard foraging and recording, window cleaning, love letter whispering, choral conducting, rainbow party hosting, and more. By dislocating language from its context and form, Pan questions the linguistic structures people learn and unlearn in relation to comfort, emotional temperature, transparency, hierarchy and power dynamics. Pan currently teaches digital art at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, and she wants to be a cook when she grows up.

Pan is the author of a self-published book: It -A Skillful Amateur's Records on Glass. She is also a recipient of the Lighthouse Works Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Elsewhere Museum Philadelphia exchange fellowship, University Fellowship at Temple University, and the Laurie Wagman Prize in Glass at Tyler School of Art. Pan’s work have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including: Glass Art Society 2020 Conference; Vox Populi, Icebox Project, Fringe Arts, The Woodmere Art Museum and the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, PA; The College of New Jersey, and The Pine Barren Gallery, in NJ; ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL; Yin Yang Acupuncture, Portland, OR; Bush Barn Art Center, Salem, OR; Asakusa (浅草) KAMINARI, Tokyo, Japan; Haukijärvi Forest, Finland; Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Changsha, China. She is an active member at Practice Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa. Pan holds a MFA in Glass from Tyler School of Art, Temple University; a BA from George Fox University in Oregon and a BA from Central South University of Forestry and Technology in China. And she did not stop learning.

Artist's Statement

I’ve decided to keep being confused about language [1].

I grew up speaking Mandarin Chinese. As an adult, I have traveled and moved frequently for my education and work. As such, I have been long disconnected from my mother tongue, operating almost exclusively in a foreign language in my adult and professional life. Reflecting on my fraught experiences with communication and expression—the difficulty of getting a simple point across—I’ve decided to keep being confused about language. My lack of knowledge has become the creative fuel that powers my curiosity and explorations [2]. By dislocating language from its context and form, my work questions the linguistic structures people learn and unlearn. My practice merges sculpture, video and performance. I employ various approaches to imagine an alternative space for cultural hierarchy, the comfort of identity, power dynamics and transparency [3].

My work addresses the physical experience of a language [4], the impossibility of externalizing human feelings that exceed verbal language [5], and the meanings and aesthetics of linguistic performance [6]. An anti-choir practice, How I Wonder What You Are, was born from investigating our communications and miscommunications. In this piece, I conducted a group of professional choir singers to perform “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” Although I have no training as a conductor, I used my gestures to direct the singers. Wearing double-layered soundproof earmuffs, they could only interpret and respond independently.

When the conductor invents and improvises gestures to direct, they are entrusted to carry out the tasks of translation and interpretation with freedom. At the same time, however, the soundproof earmuffs isolated the group of singers into individual actors [7]. While this dysfunctional language opens up through various autonomous translations, the singers not only express their subjective understandings through their distinct voices, but also divulge their shared confusion through facial expressions. By breaking down the sociotechnical system, this anti-choir practice disrupts order. Instead of innovating a new hierarchy, it recycles bits and pieces from the original system and suggests alternatives. The nuances of power relations are deconstructed and embodied through fingertips, vibrating vocal chords, bewilderment, broken translation, the fragmentation of a collective, and the solidarity of shared insecurities.

While on residency in Finland over the winter of 2017, I started a research project on cleaning, self-caring, and being bored. Similar to the condutor-musician structure, my How to Clean A Window project directs participants to clean their windows by following my audio or video tutorial, and in so doing, invites various communities to explore the poetics of the everyday [8]. Collectively, we examine window cleaning as a domestic chore, a meditative exercise, a religious practice, a series of choreographed movements when solitude in solidarity. Inspired by the history of the glass industry in Finland [9], I recognize glass’s inherent linguistic properties. It is transparent yet fuzzy—delivering information while setting up segregation. Glass is not a symbol for translation. Glass is translation.

Currently, I am expanding on these ideas of collective miscommunication and cultural dislocation by making an immersive ASMR cooking show in which I lead participants through a series of collective cooking activities to make Chinese dumplings. By transforming an episode of our isolated everyday lives into a collaborative cooking orchestra, this project brings awareness to the diminished labor of immigrants [10], reminding us of the pleasurable sensations of cooking, and restoring our intimacy in the upcoming post-pandemic world.

Within the current global political climate, in which people are alienated from each other, it’s time to listen. Translation is a conversational process. It not only facilitates cross-cultural encounters, but more importantly creates mistakes and hope for dialogues. I am excited to provide more opportunities for the world to translate hesitation [11], distortion
[12], and silence [13], through my artistic investigation of language. Starting from the moment one considers that conducting is not only a means of communication but that it encodes a perspective of the world and challenges established systems, the aesthetic politics behind it become lush and powerful. Art is the technology of technology, it enframes enframing [14].

[1] The tools we use to express. The systems for communication. An attempt of explanation. The architecture of bridges and walls.

[2] English being a constant foreign language to me. Being unfamiliar with cultural cues. Matriculating into a Glass MFA program without any hot shop experience. Leading a youth choir in bird whistles though I have training in neither birdcalling nor conducting.

[3] Collective dumpling making, poetry composing, swimming pool exercising, lollipop casting, soap bubble blowing, music therapy operating, glass shard foraging and recording, window cleaning, love letter whispering, choral conducting, rainbow party hosting and so on.

[4] The shape of a mouth when pronouncing a specific word in Mandurian Chinese, as in “huā, chóng, niǎo, shòu,” 2016.

[5] Such as love, in “desk, cup, soap solution, me, glass speech device, a love letter (337 times of “要疯 了”), chair”, 2016.

[6] Like the sounds people make when they are thinking: “The Sound of Thinking (Music Therapy)”, 2015.

[7] Not being able to listen to each other, they are like a bunch of headless chickens.

[8] In Haukijärvi forest, Finland, 2017; Fishers Island, NY, 2018; National Liberty Museum and Icebox Project, Philadelphia, PA, 2018; and Glass Art Society 2020 Conference, under self-quarantine.

[9] The desire for windows opened up the glass industry in Finland. The Industrial Revolution built factories and glass windows were highly needed. Under Swedish rule, Finland’s large forests meant a great amount of fuel for heating up the glass furnaces. Therefore, it became an ideal place for making glass. When humans immersed themselves in fanatical machinery productions, what did glass mean for them? Light? Nature? Fantasy? Security?

[10] This project responds to the immigration crackdown in 2019 under the Trump administration (when business owners were forced to fire their undocumented employees or face prosecution), and the tremendous hit on the food industry due to Covid-19. Immigrants compose nearly 70% of agricultural labor in the United States and 57% of food preparation and serving related occupations.

[11] Awkwardness

[12] Capitalism

[13] Microaggression

[14] Martin Heidegger, "The Question Concerning Technology," 1954.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2020
The Sound of Thinking, Gallery of Pew fine Arts Center, Grove City College, Grove City, PA

2019
Dreams of A Common Language, The College of New Jersey, Ewing Township, NJ
Additional workshop series

2017
How I Wonder What You Are, Temple Contemporary Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2015
Goodnight Babies, Studio 3 Gallery, George Fox University, Newberg, OR

2014
An Explanation for It, Murdock Learning Resource Center, OR

Lunacy for A Moonquake, Yin Yang Acupuncture, Portland, OR

2013
Self-portraits-s, Studio 3 Gallery, GFU, OR

Two- and Three-Person Exhibitions
2016
Wish List, New Boon(E) Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Three-person Exhibition

2014
Senior Thesis Exhibition, Minthrone Gallery, George Fox University, Newberg, OR
Three-person exhibition

2013
Apis Mellifera Linnaeus, Studio 3 Gallery, George Fox University, Newberg, OR
Two-person Exhibition

Group
2019
GPS Terminal Exhibition, Greensboro Project Space, Greensboro, NC

2018
77th Juried Annual Exhibition, The Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Syd Carpenter

Sound + Vision: exploring music through glass art, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2017
Summer of Selfish, Little Skips, Brooklyn, NY

Vision Margin, the Glass Factory, Philadelphia, PA

2016
Middle of Nowhere, The Pine Barrens Gallery, Whitesbog Village, NJ

I Eat, Therefore I Am, ArtLab Gallery, Trenton, NJ

A Touch of the Blues, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

2014
Jury Student Exhibition, Minthrone Gallery, George Fox University, Newberg, OR

Jury Student Exhibition, , Lindgren Gallery, George Fox University, Newberg, OR

Curios and Curiosities, A.N. Bush Gallery, Bush Barn Art Center, Salem, OR

2013
Emerging Northwest Exhibition, Parrish Gallery, Chelalem Cultural Center, OR

Jury Student Exhibition, Minthrone Gallery, George Fox University, Newberg, OR

2012
Murdock Learning Resource Center, OR

In Front of The Blind Space(站在封閉的空間前, Central South University of Forestry and Technology, China

Other
2020
How to Clean a Window, StayHome Edition, Glass Art Society 2020 Conference, Online Workshop
Performative workshop
Originally scheduled to be in Småland, Sweden

2018
SOLID STATES / FLUID LANGUAGE, Bucks Community College, PA
Live Performance and Artist Panel

The Kinematic Workshop, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA
Live Performance

Conductible, Fringe Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Live Performance

Sound + Vision: exploring music through glass art, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Live Performance

Who Is She?, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Live Performance

2017
runoklubi, Frantsila Kehäkukka, Hämeenkyrö, Finland
Live Performance

Mascher Space Cooperative, Philadelphia, PA
Live Performance

Not Here, Not Home, Temple Contemporary Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Workshop

Gentle Sheers, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Pilot Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Live Performance

Ocotillo, Stella Elkins Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Live Performance

2016
呆然⾃失, 浅草KAMINARI, Tokyo, Japan
Performance

2014
My Swim Team, George Fox University, Newberg, OR
On campus installation

2013
IJM.org, George Fox University, Newberg, OR
On campus installation

Artist's Bibliography

2020
New Glass Review 41, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

2019
Morales, Esther, "Students Cultivate Creativity in Visual Scores Workshop", The Signal, The College of New Jersey, NJ

2018
Page, Andrew, "CONVERSATION: Artist Megan Biddle discusses the 'Solid States/Fluid Language' exhibition she curated", Glass Quarterly, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY

Hopfield, Maddie, "Soft Thought Windows", thINKingDANCE, Philadelphia, PA

Lee, Shannon, "Trading the Paintbrush for Pastry: Why Many New York Artists Have Been Turning to Food As a Response to Troubling Times", Artspace, New York, NY

Menta, Olivia, "Catching up with Tyler Glass alumna Yixuan Pan, MFA '17", Tyler Blog, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Lieberman, Michael, "Something for everyone in Woodmere Art Museum’s large, excellent 77th Annual", Artblog, Philadelphia, PA

Hine, Thomas, "Philly artists’ big, urgent show at Woodmere looks out from the rowhouse to the world", Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA

"Artists to Watch in June 2018", Artspace, New York, NY

Hewitt, Maddie, "Yixuan Pan on Translating Sound", Artblog, Philadelphia, PA

Kalasky, Matt, "Yixuan Pan on anti-disciplinary artmaking", The Galleries at Moore TGMR radio project, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

New Glass Review 39, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

January issue, PHOTODUST, Melbourne, Australia

2017
"GAS Member Monday", Glass Art Society, Seattle, WA

"Vision Margin", Tyler MFA 2017 Publication, Philadelphia, PA

New Glass Review 38, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

2016
KTG TALKS (Podcast series), Kitchen Table Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

"Hot and Bothered", Selfish magazine, Brooklyn, NY

Select Publications

2018
Featured artist, "The Future of the Werewolf mixtape", Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2016
Artists's book, "It--A Skillful Amateur's Records on Glass"

2015
Music EP, "Something About the Moon Is", Newberg, OR

Featured artist, "The Forager March/April", Convergence, Portland, OR

2012
《站在封閉的空間前-策展⼿記》, Changsha, China

2010
《了夏》, Changsha, China

Professional Experience

2020
Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
Guest Critic for Senior Review

2019
Long Island, NY
Rehearsal Workshop

Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro, NC
Resident Artist

Widener University, Chester, PA
Visiting Artist

2018 - Present
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA
Adjunct Professor, Digital Imaging and Digital Mixed Media

2018
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Resident Artist

Lighthouse Works, Fishers Island, NY
Resident Artist

2017 - Present
Practice Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Gallery Manager

2017
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Conservation Technician

Arteles Creative Center, Haukijärvi, Finland
Resident Artist

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Guest Critic, Graduate Craft Project

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Visiting Artist, Performance Workshop

2016
Art Talk, George Fox University, Newberg, OR
Visiting Artist Talk

Paradise AIR, Chiba, Japan
Resident Artist

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Teaching Assistant, Advanced Glass Project

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Teaching Assistant, Cold Construction

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Development Coordinator, Graduate Student Art Committee

2015
Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY
Robert M. Minkoff Foundation Academic Symposium

2014
Murdock Learning Resource Center, Newberg, OR
Curator

Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR
Instructor, Glass Art

George Fox University, Newberg, OR
Teaching Assistant, Drawing I, 3D Design, Beginning/Intermediate Sculpture, Beginning/Intermediate Mixed Media, Contemporary Art Forms, and Art History from 1450

George Fox University, Newberg, OR
Substitute Teacher for Jillian Sokso, Drawing II

George Fox University, Newberg, OR
Substitute Teacher for Beranne Sherwood, Drawing I

George Fox University, Newberg, OR
Teaching Assistant of Gary Buhler and Jeffery Cameron, Drawing I

2013
George Fox University, Newberg, OR
Curator & Gallery Opening Designer, Minthrone Gallery

The Out Look Magazine(新視線雜誌), Beijing, China
Intern Editor

George Fox University, Newberg, OR
Teaching Assistant of Gary Buhler, Drawing I

2012
Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Changsha, China
Curator, In Front of the Blind Space(站在封閉的空間前)

Brown Bag Cultural Insights, OR
Visual Identity Designer

Fox Express, OR
Visual Identity Designer

Orange Hotel, China
Feature Wall Designer

Awards & Honors

2021
InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA
Wind Fellowship, Recipient

2019
Philadelphia Goes Elsewhere Exchange Fellowship, Greensboro, NC

2018
American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
Nominee, Arts Awards and Purchase Program

Lighthouse Works Fellowship, Fishers Island, NY

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Creative Access Fellowship, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation

2017
The Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA
Pew Wish List

The Laurie Wagman Prize in Glass, PA

2015 - 2017
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
University Fellowship

2014
George Fox University, Newberg, OR
Lippi Award (People's Choice)

2013 - 2014
George Fox University, Newberg, OR
Dean's List

2012
George Fox University, Newberg, OR
International Student Scholarship

Album Competition, Central South University of Forestry and Technology, China
First Place, My Life in College(我的⼤學春秋)

2011
Central South University of Forestry and Technology, China
School Top Ten Student

2010 - 2011
Central South University of Forestry and Technology, China
National Scholarship

Central South University of Forestry and Technology, China
Hong Kong Furniture Association Scholarship

2003
Urumchi, Sinkiang, China
Second Place, National Model Airplane Contest

Education

2017
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Glass

2014
George Fox University, Newberg, OR
BA, Studio Art
Magna cum laude

2012
Central South University of Forestry and Technology, China
BA, Art and Design