Early on Yang started a heavy metal rock band and began to show his work, with cultural and sound installation and drawings. His practice is marked by a deep ambivalence toward art production and his role as a player in the contemporary art scene. He sees himself as a dedicated and serious artist but is aware of the futility of such a disposition. He works with sculptural and sound installation and watercolor drawings, focusing on the artist’s perpetual struggle to express oneself honestly. He aims to shift the focus away from the outcome and onto the process of creation. For him, the focal point of his work is the interplay between the conscious and subconscious acts of conceiving an artwork. In this way, he explores the dependency we develop for this reality in his works.
Yang has held solo exhibitions, including We have got Used to Consume Today’ Achievement Habitually, at Club Arts Center, Beijing in 2013. The work was a piece of writing on a wall in red, yellow and green wooden letters that reads: WE NEVER LOVED ART AND ART NEVER LOVED US. In Regarding the Silent Majority at Peking Fine Arts, Hong Kong (2014), Yang talked about “the realities we cannot or do not want to change.” He has participated in several group exhibitions, such as New Paper, Pékin Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing in 2013 Keep the Modern Going: Immersion, Waiting and Idealism, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen in 2014.