Jes Fan has an interdisciplinary practice that explores the intersection of biology and identity and examines social constructs of race and gender., Originally trained in glassmaking, Fan combines hand blown cellular glass forms with casts made from sections of human bodies, cast in aqua resin. To these works, he often incorporates living matter as well the invisible substances (such as melanin and hormones) that shape how we experience the world. Removed from the context of the figure, these forms take on abstract qualities, suggesting an experience of the body that is increasingly intertwined with and mediated by technology.
In 2022, Fan participated in The Milk of Dreams The 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia curated by Cecilia Alemani, Venice, and presented his second solo show with Empty Gallery, Hong Kong titled Sites of Wounding: Chapter 1 in 2023. Additionally Fan’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Symbionts: Contemporary Artists and the Biosphere, MIT List Visual Arts Center, 2022, Breaking Water, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, 2022, Soft Water Hard Stone, The Fifth New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York, 2021, The Stomach and the Port, Liverpool Biennale, United Kingdom, 2021, NIRIN, Biennale of Sydney, Australia, 2020. Fan was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2022.
Born in Scarborough, Canada in 1990, Fan lives and works in Brooklyn and Hong Kong.