Pan Jian, born in 1975 in Shandong, graduated and now teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts of Xian. In this most recent show at Art Labor, the artist, who lives in Beijing, once more shows his thirst for continuous experimentation, reinventing his pictorial language while still remaining faithful to his focus on light and shadow. For Pan, it doesn’t matter if a painting is by Yves Klein, Gerard Richter, Rudolf Stingel or from the era of the Tang Dynasty - all sources of inspiration, both conceptually and aesthetically - but a show of introspection and exploration, for this his work has a powerful intimate quality while not being overtly self-referential. The works of this exhibition reveal his fascination for nature, portrayed with energetic brushstrokes which seem to evoke sunset, just when games of light and shadow create landscapes that, with their rich textures seemingly suspended in diverse dimensions of space and time, become utter visions. Initially, nature was at the centre of numerous photos that the artist used as points of reference, but now his process is based on memory, a solid indicator that, for Pan Jian, pictorial language is, above all, a means for looking within, rather than a mere method of representation.