Exhibitions

The Sociology of Oneself

The Sociology of Oneself

Exhibition Period
16 Aug 2014 - 21 Sep 2014
Address
ESLITE GALLERY∣5F, No. 11, Songgao Rd., Taipei 11073, Taiwan
Opening Hours
16 Aug 2014
By Curator: ZHU Zhu

CHENG Ran

Born 1981 in Inner Mongolia, China, based in Hangzhou

“Criticism, sarcasm, or other, I’d rather stay in the state of pondering ‘other’,” said CHENG Ran, who consciously avoids the sociology of the past. The state of “other” could be comprehended as travelling through time and space freely, just like the detective in CHENG’s novel who roves around the planet disregarding regionalism and identity politics. CHENG’s work reinforces the aesthetics of instant experiences in an ever-changing environment, responding to the contemplation of life itself, and forever being on the road. Narrative is expelled and instant experience is emphasized in the artist’s practice. Nevertheless, in his recent series “Before Falling Asleep”, CHENG employs the frame of children’s bedtime story, and seems to return to metanarrative. 

1981    Born in Inner Mongolia, China

 

SOLO EXHIBITION


2013    “Existence Without Air, Food, or Water”, Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland 
           “The Last Generation”, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, China
           “CHENG RAN”, Video Bureau, Guangzhou, China
2012    “The Last Generation”, Wall/Ladder/Machine and 9BC Performance, New York, USA
           “Silent Cinema”, Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea
           “Cheng Ran: What Why How”, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China
2011    “Hot Blood, Warm Blood, Cold Blood”, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, China
           “Everything Has Its Tim e”, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, China
           “Circadian Rhythm”, Qingying Gallery, Hangzhou, China
2009    “Immersion and Distance”, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION
2014    “Cross-Strait Young Artists Exhibition Program/Beijing: The Sociology of Oneself”,
               ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
           “Forest of Illusions”, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong
           “Silence: The Nineteen Nineties”, Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris, France
           “Standing in the Shadow”, Ota Fine Arts, Singapore
           “We Have Never Participated”, 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, OCT 
               Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT), Shenzhen, China
           “NOW YOU SEE”, New Chinese Video Art from the Collection of Dr. Michael I. 
               Jacobs, Whitebox Art Center, New York, US
           “Decorum: Carpets and Tapestries by Artists”, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
           “Video Art Auction Pixeling”, Garage Turenne, Paris, France
           “Die 8 Der Wege/ The 8 of Paths”, Uferhalle, Berlin, Germany
           “Shenzen Sculpture Biennale”, Shenzen, China
           “The Exchange Program”, AVIFF Art Film Festival Cannes, France
           “Degeneration”, Australia China Art Foundation (ACAF), Sydney, Australia
           “The Book Lovers 4.0, Pop-up Bookstore”, De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands
           “Urban Tour, N-box”, Times Museum Screening Season, Guangdong, China
2013    “Degeneration”, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT), Shanghai, China
           “Acoasm, Logagnosia, Dyslexia and Dysgraphia, They were drowned in riot all 
              night”, RijksakademieOPEN 2013, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten,
              Amsterdam, Netherlands

           “West Bund 2013 A Biennial of Architecture and Contemporary Art”, Shanghai, 
              China
           “Building Bridges – Zeitgenössische Kunst aus China”, Wolfsberg, Ermatingen, 
              Switzerland
           “Standing in the Shadow”, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan
           “Video Screening”, The Lizard Lounge, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, 
              Amsterdam, Netherlands
           “The 26th European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck, Germany
           “KINO DER KUNST”, University of Television and Film Munich, Munich, Germany
           “SHANGHAI SURPRISE - A GROUP SHOW ON CONTEMPORARY ART IN SHANGHAI”, 
              chi K11 art space, Shanghai, China
           “ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice”, Ullens Center for 
              Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China
2012    “Perspectives 180: Unfinished Country - New Video From China”, Contemporary Arts
              Museum Houston (CAMH), Houston, USA
           “Video Art Festival”, Video Guerrilha, Sao Paulo, Brazil
           “Future - Get It Louder”, Beijing, China
           “The 4th OFF&FREE International Film & Art Festival”, Seoul, Korea
           “First issue”, ShContemporary, Shanghai, China
           “Art Dialogue City – 2nd Edition N-Minutes Video Art Festival”, Shanghai, China
           “China Drifting”, video installation section, Zurich, Switzerland
           “FM98.5 MHz”, Floor #2 Press, Beijing, China
           “The 1st CAFAM Future”, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
           “The First Xinjiang Contemporary Art Biennale”, Xinjiang International Expo 
               Center, Wulumuqi, China
           “Day for Night: Between Reality and Illusion”, In Collaboration with Art 21:
               Season 6 BMCC (CUNY), New York, USA
           “Memento Mori”, ARARIO Gallery, Beijing, China
           “Model Home”, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China
           “Boy: A Contemporary Portrait”, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China
           “FCAC Video Project, Hannover, Germany
           “Becoming Peninsula 1: Symptoms – Young Artists Project of ICCA”, Iberia Center 
              for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
           “Manoeuvres: Apply to ‘Arts Actuels La Reunion Biennale’ ”, Li-Space, Beijing, 
              China
2011    “The Other Wave: Contemporary Chinese Photography”, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, UK
           “Video Art in China - MADATAC”, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid
           “One World” Exposition, Hong Kong, China
           “Video Art Terminal”, Venice, Italy
           “Reunion Island Biennale of Today’s Art 2011”, Reunion Island, France
           “Moving Image in China: 1988 - 2011”, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
           “Daybreak”, Arario Gallery Beijing, China; Arario Cheonan Spaces, Korea
           “The Journey-Video Room”, ShContemporary, Shanghai, China
           “Be With Me”, House of Electronic Arts Basel, LISTE, Basel, Switzerland
           “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) ”, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China
           “Catch the Moon in the Water: Emerging Chinese Artists”, James Cohan Gallery, 
               New York, USA
           “Hypnosis”, Other Gallery, Beijing, China
           “Present Continuous Past(s) ”, Taikang Space, Beijing, China
           “Far Away Beauty Lingers”, Other Gallery, Shanghai, China
           “In a Perfect World... ”, Meulensteen Gallery, New York, USA
           “Intermission”, James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai, China
           “Yun Lang Project – Hangzhou”, Galleria dell’Arco, Shanghai, China
           “End to End – New Media Art Show”, Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center,
                New York, USA
           “Optional Exercise”, Li-space, Beijing, China
           “How to Do, Henglu Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
2010    “Out of Focus”, Hangzhou, China
           “The Passage Project #1 – Alex: A Tribute to Alexander McQueen”,James Cohan Gallery,
              Shanghai, China
           “In the Garden Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Shiwudong Garden, Hangzhou,China
           “Cultivating the Future: The Contemporary Art as a National Education”, Young 
              Artists Promotional Exhibition, 798 Art Center, Beijing, China
           “Reflection of Minds MOCA Envisage Biennale”, MOCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China
           “Mongolia 360° – 1st Land Art Biennale Mongolia”, National Mongolian Modern 
              Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
           “Get Moving”, Li-Space, Beijing, China
           “Use the Hand Do the Job”, Shift Station, Shanghai, China
           “Gas Station 3: Soft Landing, Hard Landing”, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China
           “3rd i Project: Compilation of Chinese Video Art”, V2 Institute for the Unstable Media,
              Rotterdam, Netherlands
           “The Tell-Tale Heart (Part 2) ”, James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA
           “Homestay”, Osage Gallery, Shanghai, China
           “Reshaping History”, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China
           “Jungle – A Close-Up Focus on Chinese Contemporary Art Trends”, Platform China 
              Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China
           “The Tell-Tale Heart”, James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai, China
2009   “CREAM – International Festival for Arts and Media”, Yokohama, Japan
           “Immersion and Distance”, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, 
              China
           “There Is No I in Team”, PROGRAM, Berlin, Germany
           “Seoul International Experimental Film Festival”, Seoul, Korea
           “The 6th China Independent Film Festival”, Nanjing, China
           “YiPai – Century Thinking: A Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Today Art Museum,
              Beijing, China
           “Blackboard – Group Exhibition”, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai, China
           “What Has Been Happening Here? – The Inaugural Exhibition of Chinese 
              Independent Film Archive”, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
           “New Work from China”, Fortune Cookie Projects Singapore, HT Contemporary 
              Space, Singapore
2008    “The 3rd Guangzhou Triennial”, Guangzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
           “There Is No I in Team”, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
           “Infantization”, MOCA, Taipei, Taiwan
2007    “Focus Automatically – 15 video art works”, Suzhou, China
           “Refresh: Emerging Chinese Artists”, ARARIO, Beijing, China
           “Amateur World”, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China
           “The First Today’s Documents 2007”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
           “Refresh: Emerging Chinese Artists”,  Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai, China
           “Marking Time, Waiting for the Answer”, DoArt Beijing, Beijing, China
           “IDAP”, QUT Museum, Australia
           “Infantization”, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
           “The First Chinese Contemporary Art in Anhui Province”, Hefei, China
           “Shouting Truth – A Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Platform China Contemporary 
               Art Institute, Beijing, China
           “On View: Selections from China”, Paul Morris Gallery, New York, USA
2006    “Contemporary Video in Asia”, Video Garden Miami Beach, Miami, USA
           “GIFT-2”, Loft49, Hangzhou, China
           “Elektrische Schatten China Video Festival”, Salzburg Museum of Modern Art,
               Austria
           “Image Flux: China New Work in Video Art”, Guangzhou, China
           “Chinese Independent Films Screenings 05-06”, RCM Art Museum, Nanjing, China
2005     “GIFTS: Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Modern Art Museum of Hangzhou Normal University,
             Hangzhou, China
           “In the Deep of Reality: A Case of Chinese Contemporary Art”, Basement of Tianyu
             Apartment, Hangzhou, China
2004    “Wink: Video Festival”, DDM Warehouse, Shanghai, China
           “The Second Chinese New Media Art Festival”, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
           “Circle Place: Video Installation Exhibition”, Bai Ta Ling Space, Hangzhou, China
           “Chinese Independent Films Screenings”, Nan Jing Arts Institute, Nanjing, China
2003    “BAI TA LING - Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Bai Ta Ling Space, Hangzhou, China

HU Qingtai

Born 1985 in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang Province, China, based in Beijing

HU Qingtai exemplifies how young people shape themselves in a way that is both witty and repressive by attempting to become an artist via eliminating his own personality. Qingtai, the Most Beautiful Colour Is Yellow (a comment by the artist’s mother) is composed of 17 paintings and a statement. “I tried to convince myself that yellow is the most beautiful color by repeatedly painting with yellow like mad, hoping the idea would become the truth through self-brainwash and self-reassurance.” Here, HU’s video Extreme\ Serious\ Stubborn\ Unsociable can be taken as a cross reference. His Purchasing Art Project involves purchasing art work ideas from peer artists at the lowest costs and realizing the works himself. The latest work of this project Painting Works of Wang Guangle in Li Shurui’s Style has a further conceptual transition, and thus the identity of HU seems to be submerged completely by those of others.  

1985    Born in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang Province, China
2008    B.A., Hubei Academy of Art, Wuhan, China

 

SOLO EXHIBITION


2014    “Qingtai, the Most Beautiful Colour Is Yellow.” An yellow.ants.art.lab solo project, 55,
             Shanghai, China
2013    “Hu Qingtai Project: Brother/Li Gang/Li Liao/Jiang Bo/Yang Jian/Yang XinGuang/
             Zeng Hong/Zhan Rui”, White Space, Beijing, China
            “Purchased Art Projects” An yellow.ants.art.lab solo project, 55, Shanghai, China

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION


2014    “Cross-Strait Young Artists Exhibition Program/Beijing: The Sociology of Oneself”,
              ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
           “The 8 of Paths”, Uferhallen, Berlin, Germany
           “Art Basel in Hong Kong”, Hong Kong, China
2013    “Condition↔Reflection”, Hong Kong, China
           “Here & Now”, LI Art Space, Beijing, China
           “14th OPEN International Performance Art Festival”, Space Station, Beijing, China
2012    “Art Media Nomination Show”, Yuandian Art Museum, Beijing, Chian
2011    “WORLD”, Yangtze River Space, Wuhan, China
           “Cooperative Painting Making in 15 Days”, White Box Art Space, Beijing, China
           “Things Are Changing”, K11 Art, Space, Wuhan, China

LI Qing

Born 1984 in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, China, based in Hangzhou

LI Qing places painting in a specious paradox where he deals with various subject matters such as day-to-day realities, emotional relationships, news, historical memory, and representational artistic images. Behind his conceptual creation, there is a sensibility for mirage and reality, time and existence. Subsequently, he turns his attention towards consumerism and focuses on the states of the possession, consumption and abandonment of commodities with a poetic gaze of “mono no aware”. In his work White Group Portrait, he endowed old refrigerators with a monumental but wracked dignity. LI's most recent works are paintings on discarded windows in which he creates overlapping scenes of the interior space and outside environment. These works also show his extension from painting towards installation. 

1981       Born in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, China
2007       M.A., Oil Painting Department of China Academy of Art, China
2012-      Teaching at Oil Painting Department of China Academy of Art, China

 

SOLO EXHIBITION


2013    “In The Vicinity” , Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China
2012    “Interweaving”, The Orient Foundation, Macao, China
2010    “Drift”, Tomásy Valiente Art Centre, Madrid, Spain
           “Shattered Vision”,  Magee Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2009    “Ghosting”, Duolun Museum Of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
           “Curtain”, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2008    “Collision in the Air”, DF2 Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
           “Ghosting”, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
2006    “Finding Together”, F2 Gallery, Beijing, China

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION


2014    “Cross-Strait Young Artists Exhibition Program/Beijing: The Sociology of Oneself”,
              ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
           “Re-View: Opening Exhibition of Long Museum West Bund”, Shanghai, China
           “The Being of Non-Being: A Kind of Personal Expression on ‘Meta-Painting’”,
              Linda Gallery, Beijing, China
           “Luoping International Photography Festival”, Luoping, China
           “On the Road”, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
2013    “Criss-Cross: Artworks of Young Chinese Contemporary Artists from Long Collection”,
              Long Museum, Shanghai, China
           “Accumulation”, Zhong Gallery, Beijing, China
           “Art021”, Shanghai, China
           “Art Taipei 2013”, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
           “Bidirectional Punctum: As an Entry Point of Representation, One Kind of Painting” ,
              Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
           “Seven sunsets, waiting dawns, all in one. How to kill a wondrous time … not wanting
              a thousand hours”, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
           “Pure Views: Transformations of Chinese Contemporary Art”, Centre d'Art Santa Monica,
              Barcelona, Spain
           “The 55th Biennale Di Venezia Special Invitation Exhibition: Passage to History-La 
              Biennele di Venezia and Twenty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art”, Arsenale di
              Venezia, Italy; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu, China
           “Evolution”, Avant-Garde Contemporary Art Center, Nanjing, China
             “ART COLOGNE 2013”, Cologne, Germany
           “Artistic Practice No.1: Problems and Standpoints”, Zhong Gallery, Berlin, Germany
           “Mirror and Shadow: Contemporary Art from China”, National Gallery of  Indonesia,
              Jakarta, Indonesia
           “Green Box: Remapping - The Space of Media Reality”, Hangzhou, China
           “Pure Views: New Paintings From China”, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
2012    “Reactivation: The 9th Shanghai Biennale Thematic Exhibition”, Shanghai, China
           “Water Stains on The Wall - The Carrier of Formation”, Zhejiang Art Museum, 
              Hangzhou, China
           “Dawn: New Art from China”, Zhong Gallery, Berlin, Germany
           “Boy: A Contemporary Portrait”, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China
           “Lust and Love of The Young and Liberated”, 798 Space, Beijing, China
           “Paesaggi Visioni Ricordi”, Veneto Science & Technology & Art Museum, Venice, Italy
           “Merging Distances in Light”, L-art Gallery, Chengdu, China
           “ARTHK2012”, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China
           “Forms of the Formless”, Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany
           “The First ‘CAFAM Future’ Exhibition Sub–Phenomena: Report on the State of 
              Chinese Young Art Nomination”, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
           “Round Table: The 9th Gwangju Biennale Special Exhibition: Ctrl+N•Non-linear Practice”,
              
Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
           
“Magnanimity: Collection of Atypical Works by 21 Chinese Artists”, White Box Museum
              
of Art, Beijing, China
           
“Looking Awry”, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

2011    “Community of Tastes: Chinese Contemporary Art from 2000”, São Paulo Museum of
             Contemporary Art, São Paulo, Brazil
           “ARCO”, Madrid, Spain
           “Expression of Chinese Contemporary Art”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
           “19 Solo Shows About Painting”, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, 
              Beijing, China
           “Pure Views: New Painting From China”, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San 
              Francisco, USA
           “Painting Lesson I: Illusion or Delusion”, Yang Gallery, Beijing, China
           “A Wedding”, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, China
           “Urban Utopia - Deutsche Bank Collection”, Hong Kong, China
           “Almost Tangible”, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China
           “Fly Through The Tropo-Sphere: Memo of The New Generation Painting”, Iberia 
              Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
           “One Man Theater - Works by Post-80s Artists”, He Xiangning Art Museum,
              Shenzhen, China
           “Surplus Goodlookingness, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
           “Voyage: Recent Videos By Young Chinese Artists-Video lounge program of 
              ShContemporary Art Fair 2011”, Shanghai, China
           “Daybreak”, Arario Gallery, Beijing, China; Cheonan, Korea
           “The Shape of Time: The Multi-narrative History in Contemporary Chinese Art”, 
              Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
           “Changing Vistas.Creative Duration: The 5th Chengdu Biennale”, Chengdu, China
           “In The Heat of The Sun”, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
2010    “Asian Landmark-Toyota Art Project”, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
           “Jungle: A Close-up Focus on Chinese Contemporary Art Trends”, Platform China 
              Contemporary Art Institute, Beijing, China
           “Reshaping History: Chinart from 2000 to 2009”, China National Convention 
              Center, Beijing, China
           “ARTHK2010”, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China
           “Community of Tastes: Chinese Contemporary Art from 2000”, Chile Museum of Contemporary
              Art, Santiago, Chile
           “The Personal Dimension: Four Emerging Artists from China”, Arario Gallery, New York, USA
           “10 Cases studies of Post-70s Art”, Hong Kong Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China
           “Pure Views: New Painting From China, Louise Blouin Foundation, London, UK
2009    “What Has Been Happening Here?-The Inaugural Exhibition of Chinese Independent Film Archive”,
              Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
           “ARTHK09”, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China
           “Prague Biennale 4”, Karlin Hall, Prague, Czech
           “Pawnshop”, Vitamin Creative Space “The Shop”, Beijing, China
           “City-net Asia 2009”, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2008    “Unpack-Chinese Experiment Art”, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
           “ARTHK08”, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China
           “Poetic Realism: An Reinterpretation of Jiangnan-Contemporary Art from South 
               China”, Tomásy Valiente Art Centre, Madrid, Spain
           “55 Days in Valencia-Chinese Art Meeting”, Institut Valencia d’Art Morden, Valencia, Spain
           “China Gold-Chinese Contemporary Art”, Museum Maillol, Paris, France
           “Case studies of Artists in Art History and Art Criticism”, S Z Art Centre, Beijing, China
           “Notes of Conception - A Local Narrative of Chinese Contemporary Painting”, 
               Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing,China
           “Asia-The 3rd Nanjing Triennial”, Nanjing Museum,Nanjing,China
           “The Revolution Continues - New Chinese Art”, Saatchi Gallery, London,UK
           “Game Is Not Over, Arario Gallery, Beijing,China
2007    “Time Difference-New Art from China and USA”, Initial Access, Wolverhampton,UK
           “Energy: Spirit•Body•Material-The 1st Today’s Documents”, Today Art Museum, 
               Beijing, China
           “Beyond Image-Chinese New Painting”, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2006    “Conversation 10+10”, Zendai Museum of Modern Art , Shanghai, China
           “Beyond Dimension-Chinese New Painting”, Square Gallery of Contemporary Art,Nanjing,China
2005    “Future Archeology-the 2nd Triennial of Chinese Art”, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China
           “Young Chinese Contemporary Art”, Hangar-7, Salzburg, Austria

 

IMPORTANT COLLECTION


               IVAM/Institut Valencia d'Art Morden, Valencia, Spain
               Deutsche Bank, Germany
               Art & Culture Foundation(IAC) of Spain
               Initial Access:Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton, UK
               DSL Foundation, Paris, France
               Logan Foundation, San Francisco,USA
               Yuz Foundation: Budi Tek Collection, Shanghai, China
               Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai, China
               Long Art Museum: Liu yiqian and Wang wei Collection, Shanghai, China
               Square Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nanjing, China

NI Youyu

Born 1984 in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, China, based in Shanghai

For NI Youyu, “Mono ha” and the Italian “Arte Povera” form parts of his reference system since they resonate with the furniture design concept of Ming and Qing scholars. From his point of view, Chinese traditional furniture design is a predecessor of installation art. NI attempts to internalize this historical connection in his work with an emphasis on the tradition of handcraft. In the series “Coins”, the original patterns on coins from different countries were polished away and replaced by traditional Chinese landscapes. The functionality of the coins is thus transformed into aesthetic value. In the series “Ruler”, NI made wooden ruler himself by marking the meter according to his own judgment. This not only implicates the difference between subjectivity and objectivity, but also reveals the uncertainty of standards of cultural value. 

1984    Born in in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, China
2007    B.A., Fine Art College of Shanghai University, China

 

SOLO EXHIBITION
2013    “Form and Matter - Ni Youyu”, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
           “Zilch - Ni Youyu Independent Project”, Department for culture and education of 
             the German consulate - General in Shanghai  9㎡ Museum Project Space,Shanghai, China
2012    “A Brief History–Ni Youyu”, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION
2014    “Cross-Strait Young Artists Exhibition Program/Beijing: The Sociology of Oneself”,
             ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
           “Outside The Lines - New Art From China”, RH Contemporary Art, New York, USA
           “Thinking of Landscape - Paintings from the Yeap Lam Yang Collection”,
             LASALLE College of the Arts,Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Singapore
2013    “Painstaking Painting”, St.Moritz Art Masters project space, St.Moritz, Switzerland                
           
“Bidirectional Punctum: As an Entry Point of Representation, One Kind of Painting”,
             
Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
           “The Moment, We Awe”, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
           “Seven Sunsets, Waiting Dawns, All in One. How to Kill a Wondrous Time … not Wanting 
             
a Thousand Hours”, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
           “The 6th Chengdu Biennale”, New International Convention & Exposition Center,
 
            Chengdu Century City, Chengdu, China
           
“Nature of Speed”, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, China
           “Break and Breathe–Hands On No.5”, College of Fine Arts Shanghai University,
             
Shanghai, China
           
“The 8th International Ink Art Biennale of Shenzhen”, Guan Shanyue Art Museum,
             
Shenzhen, China

2012    “Ctrl+N - The 9th Gwangju Biennale Special Exhibition”, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
           “The First ‘CAFAM Future’ Exhibition Sub–Phenomena: Report on the State of 
              Chinese Young Art Nomination”, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
           “Sattva”, Bogota Modern Art Museum, Bogota, Columbia; Wifredo Lam Museum, Havana, Cuba
2011    “ShanShui–Poetry without Sound: Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collect”, 
              Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland
           “Magic Space”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
           “Learning Method–Hands On No.4”, V Arts Centre Space1, Shanghai, China
           “The End of the Brush and Ink Era: Chinese Landscape”, True Color Museum, 
              Suzhou, China
           “Pattern–Encounter  Museum Of Unknown”, Space Station, Beijing, China; 
              Times Museum, Guangzhou, China
2010    “Big Draft–Shanghai Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collection”, Kunstmuseum 
              Bern, Bern, Switzerland
           “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD)–Hands On No.3”, DDM, Shanghai, China
           “Reflection of Minds–MOCA Envisage Biennale”, MOCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China
           “John Moores New Painting Prize (China)”, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
           “Post Traditions”, Duolun Museum, Shanghai, China
           “San Sheng Wan Wu–Inauguration of the Exhibition of Zendai Contemporary Art 
             Exhibition Hall”, Zendai Contemporary Art Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China
2009    “Material Link–Technopolis”, City of Athens, Athens, Greece
           “Parallel–Hands On No.2”, M50 Art District, Shanghai, China
2008    “Material Link–A Dialogue Between Greek and Chinese Artists”, OCA Shanghai, Shanghai,China;
              Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
2006    “Lian Cheng Jue–Visual Creativity in New Urban”, Zendai MOMA, Shanghai, China
           “With the Way We Game–Hands On No.1”, Bin Jiang Creative Enterprises Centre, 
              Shanghai, China 

YANG Xinguang

Born 1980 in Ningxiang, Hunan Province, China, based in Beijing 

The oriental aesthetic concept of “Mono ha” helps to shape the initial feature of YANG Xinguang’s work. YANG elaborates his materials into metaphors while retaining their original qualities. The piece Worms is a metaphor of the consequence of industrialization. About another work Hooks, YANG said: “When felling a tree, sharp edge is often formed where it is broken. This is like the rebellion of a violated victim. What is violent is not the tree but the ax.” Leaning Post is a wooden railing torn off with pliers. The work responds to the Chinese allusion of “Railing”, while revealing the contemporary situation of having nothing to lean on after the tradition collapsed. 

1980      Born in Ningxiang, Hu Nan Province, China
2007      B.A., Sculpture Department, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, China

 

SOLO EXHIBITION


2014   “Present Future”, Artissima, Turin, Italy
2013   “Immeasurably Fair", Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, China
          “Superfluous Things", Hive Center For Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
2012   “Violence without Mercy", Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China
2011   “There Are Some Stones Below", Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, China
2010   “Trail”, Boers-Li Gallery Beijing, China
          “Art 41 Basel: Art Statement", Basel, Switzerland
2008   “Consumed", Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, China

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION


2014   “Cross-Strait Young Artists Exhibition Program/Beijing: The Sociology of Oneself”,
            ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
          “Encounters, 2014 Art Basel Hong Kong”, Hong Kong, China
          “Simple Life”,  Klein Sun Gallery, New York, USA
2013   “One & Three”, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
          “Real or Ism”, Golden Eagle Contemporary Art Center, Nanjing, China
          “Visibility”, Shi Jia Zhuang Art Museum  Hebei, China
          “Datong International Sculpture Biennale”, Heyang Art Museum, China
          “Contemporary Art In China 1990-2012”, Zhong Gallery, Berlin, Germany
          “O`Clock time design, design time”, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
          “ON ︱OFF”, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
2012   “The 1st Montevideo Biennial”, Montevideo, Uruguay
          “The 9th Shanghai Biennale”, Shanghai, China
          “Creator in Residence 2012”, Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama, Japan
          “Passing Through Memory”, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, China
          “The First ‘CAFAM Future’ Exhibition Sub–Phenomena: Report on
            the State of Chinese Young Art Nomination”, CAFA Art Museum,
            Beijing, China
          “Diversion of Contemporary Art Value Paradigm”, Blue Roof Museum, China
2011   “Be Natural, Be Yourself”, FRAC des Pays de la Loire, France
          “APBF Signature Art Prize 2011 Finalists’ Exhibition”, Singapore Art Museum,
            Singapore
          “Water Stains on the Wall: The Carrier of Formation”, Zhejiang Art Museum,
            Hangzhou, China
          “Start from the Horizon: Chinese Contemporary Sculpture since 1978”, SiShang
            Art Museum, Beijing, China
          “Chinese New Generation Of Artist”, Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, Portugal
          “Super Organism CAFAM Biennale”, CAFAM, Beijing, China
          “One Man Theater”, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
          “GuanXi”, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangdong, China
          “Changgwon Asian Art Festival”, Sunsan Art Museum, Korea
2010   “The 4th Shanghai Duolun Exhibition of Young Artists”, Shanghai Duolun Museum
            of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
          “Taipei Artist Village Open Studio”, Taipei, Taiwan
          “AND Writers -2010 1st Nanjing Biennale Exhibition”, Jiangsu Province Art 
            Museum, Nanjing, China
          “The Second Today`s Documents 2010”,  Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
          “The Big Bang”, White Rabbit Museum, Sydney, Australia
          “Work in Spreading: Images of Circulation and Retranslation”,  Iberia Center
            for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
          “The Butterfly Effect—An Artistic Communication Project of Cross-Strait Four-Regions”,
            He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
2009   “WARM UP MINSHENG”, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
          “Yipai-Century Thinking”,  Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

 

RESIDENCE


2012      Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama, Japan
2011      FRAC des Pays de la Loire, France
2010      Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan

ZANG Kunkun

Born 1986 in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China, based in Beijing

ZANG Kunkun takes public fitness equipment as the subject of his recent series “Brown”. At first glance, public fitness equipment shows the government’s humanistic care towards its people. However, the artist reveals the nature of the equipment as the government’s tool to control its people’s lives, which leads to castration of the minds. ZANG depicts the public fitness equipment in a way that reminds us of instruments of torture. The splendid color tones unexpectedly make the paintings hardhearted and unapproachable. The red marks on the equipment resemble rust but also could be viewed as blood stains and the metaphor of violence, implicating the power and violence exerted by the authority. This process of “repoliticalization” is based on the artist’s personal aesthetic sensibility, resulting in fables that encourage further interpretations and imaginations. 

1986        Born in in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China
2008        Graduated from China Academy of Fine Arts, Tianjin, China

 

SOLO EXHIBITION
2012    “Brown”, Linda Gallery, Singapore; Linda Gallery, Beijing, China
2010    “Realistic Radian” , Linda Gallery, Beijing, China
2007    “Identity—Underneath the Current” , China Academy Of Fine Arts, Tianjin, China

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION
2014    “Cross-Strait Young Artists Exhibition Program/Beijing: The Sociology of Oneself”,
               ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
            “The Bing Of Non-Being: A Kind of Personal Expression on ‘META-PAINTING’”,
               Linda Gallery, Beijing, China
2013    “Art Stage Singapore”, Singapore
            “Art Beijing, China Contemporary Art Fair” , Beijing, China
            “ART TAIPEI 2013 ” , Taipei, Taiwan
            “Bidirectional Punctum, As an Entry Point of Representation, One Kind of Painting”,
               Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
            “1M²”, Linda Gallery, Beijing, China
            “ART021”,  Shanghai, China
            “HOW NOW 2013 ”, HOW Museum, Wenzhou, China
2012    “Art Stage Singapore”, Singapore
            “Becoming Peninsula—Symptoms” , Iberia Art Center, Beijing, China
            “After Deliverance” , 798 Space, Beijing, China
            “Stripping : New Art From China” , Zhong Gallery, Berlin, Germany
            “The First Nomination Exhibition Of Chinese Contemporary Collectors”,
                Beijing, China
            “Cynical Resistance”, Hakgojae, Seoul, Korea
            “Dark Energy”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
            “The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair Shanghai”, Shanghai, China
2011    “Art Beijing Contemporary Art Fair” , Beijing, China
            “YOUNG ART TAIPEI”, Taipei, Taiwan
            “ART TAIPEI 2011” , Taipei, Taiwan
            “Seven Ways—Image-Making and Its Discontents” Times Art Museum,
                 Beijing, China
2010    “Reshaping History — China Youth New Art Invitational Exhibition” ,
                 Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

            “The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair Shanghai”, Shanghai, China
2009    “Time Lag”, Linda Gallery, Beijing, China
            “REMIX AND SHARE: CC Art Exhibition (Presented by Creative Commons 
                China Mainland)”, Beijing, China
2008    “Teaching Plan Exhibition: 18 Cases of Chinese Contemporary Art”,
                Hangzhou, China
            “A View of Three,” Tianjin, China
2007    “National College Students”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
            “China—Germany Artist Exhibition: Super Integration”, Tianjin, China
2005    “Do Art Today”, Tianjin, China

 

IMPORTANT COLLECTION
                MOCA Museum Of Singapore Contemporary Arts, Singapore
                Today Art Museum, China
                HOW Museum, China
                M+ Hong Kong, China

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