In his Tales of the Eleventh Day, Yang uses the techniques of Tang dynasty Daoist and Buddhist religious mural painting to depict an imagined paradise loosely based on the setting for the Decameron, a work of fourteenth century Florentine literature by Giovanni Boccaccio. In these works, Yang depicts wild animals and naked human figures in various configurations of sexual and affectionate, cross-species coupling. Whether copulating, embracing or merely observing, it becomes clear the Yang's imagined paradise of sex and love is a non-coercive one—power dynamics and violence are completely missing. The 11th Day Series includes the eight-panel work Stranger than Paradise, 2010-2011, collected by the François Pinault Foundation and featured in the 2011 exhibition The World Belongs to You, the monumental eleven-meter, eight-panel Black and White Mustard Seed Garden (2009-2014) acquired by M+ Museum, Hong Kong, and Violet Land (2009-2013).
Yang Jiechang: This is Still Landscape Painting, Ink Studio, Beijing, May 18-August 10, 2014