He Yunchang

I listened to metal and noise growing up. Years later, I can articulate that heavy music is a response to the culture around it. If the world is brutal, the art in response to it should also be brutal. In my own work this makes sense upon reflection, and in what I continue to do.
The first real articulation I saw of this in art was in Chris Burden. All I knew at first was that some crazy American got shot as a piece of performance art. I later learnt about Yoko Ono’s cut piece, and numerous other works afterwards.
Just before heading to China I read an issue of Yishu and heard of the artist He Yunchang. I saw a piece of his exhibited at White Rabbit in Sydney the other day and thought I would look into him further.
I had only read about his performances previously, and seen some photography. It was not that one performance took my interest, it was that everything he did had me on the edge of my seat. The White Rabbit pages and the July/August 2014 issue of Yishu articulate this better than I could here. In addition, two of his performances are on Youtube, that being One Rib and One Metre Democracy. Both NSFW, both I would advise viewer discretion. I was mouth open, gasping, and on the edge of my seat for the entirety of both.
I don’t think I need to say more than the work says of itself, except that He Yunchang’s work is one of those memorable moments in furthering my understanding of art, life, and the world.