news | CHENG RAN IN THE EXCHANGE PROGRAM, AVIFF ART FILM FESTIVAL

Cheng Ran: The Exchange Program

June 26th through July 1, 2014
AVIFF Art Film Festival (Cannes, France)
Basement 6
115 Pingwu Rd, Shanghai, China

Designed in 2008 as a contemporary art fair, “AVIFF-Art Film Festival” pays attention to films that can’t be easily defined. The films included are unique because they don’t correspond to any definitions the reviews would like to use,and it’s not possible to determine their meaning or the “genre” they belong to.The AVIFF is a walk in the garden of the Film that route in the landscape of Video-Art to discover or to find “another way of making films”.
Basement 6 Collective Shanghai and AVIFF Cannes present The Exchange Program (TEP), a two part program of video-art/film screenings. The screening is of AVIFF’s international film program, which is also shown during Cannes Film Festival in MayVisit B6C.

news | LIU CHUANG IN THE 10TH GWANGJU BIENNALE

The 10th Gwangju Biennale: Burning Down the House
September 5th through November 9th, 2014
Curator: Jessica Morgan

The 10th Gwangju Biennale will bring together 105 artists from 36 countries and will include 35 new commissions, each selected for their relevance to the theme of the Biennale, Burning Down the House. Details »

news | CHEN WEI IN PERFORMANCE AND IMAGINATION: CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHY 1911-2014

CHEN WEI, "In The Waves #5", 2013, Archival Inkjet Print, 180 x 225cm

Performance and Imagination: Chinese Photography 1911-2014
September 19th, 2014 through January 25th, 2015
Stavanger Art Museum, Stavanger, Norway
Curator: Per Bjarne Boym

Works by Chinese photo artists from every decade of the 20th century are juxtaposed with works from the last five years by ten contemporary photo artists. This extensive exhibition makes its European debut in Stavanger abd offers a glimpse into a rich photographic tradition. Details »

news | LIU CHUANG IN KUNSTHALL STAVANGER

LIU CHUANG, "Untitled (The Dancing Partner)", 2012, Single channel video with sound, 5 min 15 sec

Untitled (Dancing Partners)
Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
July 1st through August 3rd, 2014
Curator: Fabienne Stephan

Untitled (Dancing Partner), 2010, by Chinese artist Liu Chuang is going to be displayed in Kunsthall Stavanger’s video room during the month of July. Part performance, part video work, the short five-minute single-channel recording ingeniously reveals the power of the majority over the individual, and the constant pressures to conform.

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news | CHENG RAN IN WE HAVE NEVER PARTICIPATED AT OCAT

The 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale: We Have Never Participated

May 16th through August 31st, 2014

OCT Contemporary Art Terminal
Building F2, Enping Street, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China,
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news | CHEN WEI, CUI JIE, GUO HONGWEI, LIU CHUANG AND MORE IN MY GENERATION: YOUNG CHINESE ARTISTS

Tampa Museum, Florida

My Generation: Young Chinese Artists
Tampa Museum of Art & Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
June 7th through September 28th, 2014
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
October 25th, 2014 through January 18th, 2015
Curator: Barbara Pollack

The Tampa Museum of Art is organizing an exhibition titled My Generation: Young Chinese Artists. The exhibition will be on view at the Tampa Museum of Art and our sister institution the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg from June 4 through September 28, 2014. The show is curated by Ms. Barbara Pollack and will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue to be published by D. Giles Ltd in London with essays by Ms. Pollack and Mr. Li Zhenhua. Details »

news | CHENG RAN IN NOW YOU SEE

CHENG RAN, “The Sorrows of Young Werther”, 2009, Four channel video with sound, 10 min 12 sec

Now You See: New Chinese Video Art from the Collection of Dr. Michael I. Jacobs
Whitebox Art Center, New York, United States
May 25th through June 15th, 2014

“Now You See” is the first exhibition in New York to survey the work of young Chinese video artists, through the eyes of the collector Dr. Michael I. Jacobs, who has been collecting Chinese video art in depth since 2010.The exhibition, drawn from his collection, brings together 21 rarely seen works by 11 young artists, mostly born in the 1980s, and includes multi-screen projective installations, animations, single screen projections and monitor works. Details »

news | LEANDRO ERLICH IN REFLECTION!

LEANDRO ERLICH, "Bâtiment - Oi!", 2014, Site-specific installation, dimension variable

LEANDRO ERLICH
Reflection!
Oi!, 12 Oil St, North Point, Hong Kong, China
May 17th through August 7th, 2014

In the exhibition of Reflection!, Leandro Erlich from Argentina and Meta4 Design Forum and Kingsley Ng from Hong Kong construct a point of convergence for reality and fabricated imagery through installations, sound and vision.
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news | LI QING IN CRISS-CROSS

LI QING, "Neighbour's Window London Style", 2013, mixed media installation

Criss-Cross: Artworks of Young Chinese Contemporary Artists from Long Collection
Gallery 1, Long Museum, Shanghai, China
December 19th, 2013 through April 15th, 2014

A truth that we can realize from art history is that young artists not only represent the reality of artistic creation, but also embody the future trends of art development. In particular, artistic creation has moved into a new historical period since the 21st century. Globalization and information acceleration emphasizes global culture exchanges and advance together in artistic creation; in the meantime, it reinforces individual differences and multiple attitudes as well. Although opinions vary on value evaluation, consensus on art tendency, cultural attitude and methodology, which are unprecedented complicated and confused, artworks of young artists are increasingly showing its vitality, so that their creative capacity is gaining extensive attention. It may be believed that only to follow these constantly advancing forces, that people can face future challenges and meet opportunities to change the world beyond cultural barriers and stereotypes. Details »

news | CHENG RAN AND HEIDI VOET IN DECORUM:CARPETS AND TAPESTRIES

HEIDI VOET, "Is six afraid of seven/ 'cause seven, eight, nine/ I'm about to lose the pieces I find", 2011, digital watches with sound, 310×660 cm

Decorum:Carpets and tapestries by artists
Power Station of Art, Shanghai
April 26th through July 14th, 2014
Curators:Gong Yan, Anne Dressen

Decorum is a chance to discover the often unknown ventures into weaving by both major artists of the twentieth century, as well as lesser known artists (such as Guidette Carbonell). The exhibition also includes anonymous works from different time periods and regions in order to underscore meaningful similarities and differences. Details »

news | CHENG RAN IN THE 8 OF PATHS

The 8 of Paths

April 29th through July 13th, 2014

Uferhallen
Uferstraße 8, 13357 Berlin
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news | GABRIEL LESTER IN THE 19TH BIENNALE OF SYDNEY

GABRIEL LESTER, "Where Spirits Dwell", 2014, mixed media installation, dimensions variable

The 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire
March 21st through June 9th, 2014
Vernissage: Tuesday, March 18th to Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Various venues, Sydney, Australia

You Imagine What You Desire is an evocation celebrating the artistic imagination as a spirited describing and exploration of the world through metaphor and poesis. It makes enquiries into contemporary aesthetic experience, and relates this to historical precedents and future opportunities to imagine possible worlds. It seeks to understand the need artists have today to create immersive and expanded environments, and locates this activity as part of an art historical trajectory, and as a pursuit into the issues of human consciousness, and their psychological, cognitive and corporeal imperatives. Details »

news | CHENG RAN IN THE BOOK LOVERS 4.0, POP-UP BOOKSTORE

Cheng Ran: The Book Lovers 4.0, Pop-up Bookstore

January 28th through February 2nd, 2014
De Appel Arts Centre
Prins Hendrikkade 142, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Book Lovers presents the first (pop-up) bookstore specialized in artist novels. The bookstore is hosted by De Appel and run by Buchhandlung Walther König. For the first time the novels are not only on display for public’s perusal, but also available for sale, fulfilling in this way the public dimension inherent to the novel format.
The full collection of artist’s novels is on display, arranged according to genres, from Science-fiction to Pornography, by way of Autobiography, Drama, Gothic, Künstlerroman, Detectives, and many more.

news | CHEN WEI, LI SHURUI AND LIU CHUANG IN 28 CHINESE

LIU CHUANG, "Buying Everything on You – Huang Wei", 2006-2007, found objects, 240 x 120 x 20 cm

28 Chinese
December 4th, 2013 through August 1st, 2014
Rubell family collection|contemporary arts foundation
95 NW 29th Street, Miami, FL

28 Chinese is the culmination of the Rubells’ six research trips to China between 2001 and 2012 where they visited one hundred artists’ studios in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Xi’an and acquired artwork from twenty-eight artists.

These artists will be represented by paintings, photographs, sculptures and video installations. This will be the first exhibition in North America for many of these artists. The oldest artist in the exhibition was born in 1954 and the youngest was born in 1986. A fully illustrated, 262 page catalog in Chinese and English with text from all of the artists will accompany the exhibition as well as a complementary audio tour. This exhibition will occupy the Foundation’s 28 galleries, 40,000 sq foot museum.

All of the artwork in the exhibition is from the permanent collection.
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news | GABRIEL LESTER IN THE CRIME WAS ALMOST PERFECT

Image courtesy of APFEL (London)

January 24th through April 27th, 2014
Opening: January 24th, 2014, 5PM–8PM
Witte de With Contemporary Art
Witte de Withstraat 50 – 3012 BR, Rotterdam

The Crime Was Almost Perfect brings together over forty artists who cross the bridges linking art and the aesthetics of crime. The Crime Was Almost Perfect is also the first exhibition to present works in the new exhibition space on the ground floor of the institution.
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news | CHENG RAN IN WEST BUND 2013: A BIENNIAL OF ARCHITECTURE AND CONTEMPORARY ART

Cheng Ran: West Bund 2013: A Biennial of Architecture and Contemporary Art

October 20th through December 19th, 2013
West Bund No.2350, Longteng Avenue
Xuhui District, Shanghai, China

The West Bank Architecture and Contemporary Art Biennale 2013 is held in the waterfront of Xuhui District, Shanghai in October, 2013. Opened on October 19, 2013 and wound up on December 15. The advantage of the Biennale rests upon its structural implication of starting from scratch. “West Bank 2013″, as its first exhibition, lays focus on three aspects: space construction, artistic production and future imagination. Details »

news | CHEN WEI AND CHENG RAN IN DEGENERATION

December 22nd, 2013 to March 23rd, 2014
OCAT Shanghai, 1016 North Suzhou Road, Shanghai
Curator: Mariagrazia Costantino

Participating artists: Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Chen Zhou, Guan Xiao, Hu Yun, Li Ming, Li Ran, Lu Yang, Ma Qiusha, Ye Linghan

Degeneration explores the concept of continuity and rupture in Contemporary Art, through the presentation of the most representative young artists working with different media in Mainland China.

There seems to be now a certain tension between the reluctance to move away from the legacy transmitted by the former generations and the objective necessity to break this thread: is precisely this the way a new generation arises.

What we would like to suggest or imagine is a possible scenario in which there is no more need to refer back to the formal authority of preceding generation, yet irreverent spirit can be maintained.

The word “Degeneration” implies several meanings. The literal one is “deviation from one’s own genus”, referring to a process that cannot be stopped, an altered status which makes impossible to go back to the starting point, or even to an intermediary one. Not necessarily utterly bad, this is a condition contemporary societies – including the Chinese one – are now confronted with. In this specific context, the other temporary meaning conferred on the word derives from its split into two separate parts – “de” and “generation”: the prefix “de” is used to indicate a process of privation, which in this case is that of this missing “generation.” As a process, “degeneration” embeds the symptom and the cure. Details »

past | CHENG RAN: ACOASM, LOGAGNOSIA, DYSLEXIA AND DYSGRAPHIA, THEY WERE DROWNED IN RIOT ALL NIGHT

CHENG RAN Studio at Rijksakademie OPEN 2013
November 30th through December 1st, 2013
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam

In international language testing there are usually four standards by which proficiency is assessed: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Hence, these have become the rules to judge whether a certain person possesses the elementary ability to communicate with others and whether they have the capacity to live overseas. On top of this, they represent a certain kind of defining dimensionality to one’s personal identity, and through examination papers and data, they infer one’s personal ability to control and balance the emotional and the rational. In his one year of residence at Rijksakademie, Cheng Ran employed video installations, sounds and a novel as his creative media, to query these fake, emotionless standards and, from an opposing perspective, to attempt to re-discover the interaction between the primitive instincts of one’s human body and the social fabric in order to describe this state of mania with its corresponding physical disorders, possessing a rebellious personal identity and values. From this, the title is taken.

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past | MICHAEL LIN IN CROSS-STRAIT RELATIONS

MICHAEL LIN, "135-9211-8072" and "135-8217-9633", diptych paintings

September 27th to December 15th, 2013
Opening reception: September 26th, 6PM-8PM
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery

Ideas and experiences of “China” live across many borders. As routes of commerce and leisure between Chinese regions have become more open, artists have embraced mobility, traveling (or having multiple artistic bases) from Mainland China to Taiwan, Taiwan to Hong Kong or to Singapore, and other areas with large historical Chinese populations. Through works in video, photography, installation, sound and performance, this exhibition explores the pluralism of this Chinese identity, geographically and culturally.

Curated by Arthur Ou, an artist and Assistant Professor of Photography at Parsons, the exhibition features work by Chen Chieh-jen, Heman Chong, Cao Fei, Lee Kit, Michael Lin, Charwei Tsai, Hong-kai Wang, Ming Wong, Jun Yang, and Hu Yun.

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South China Morning Post, “New York art show tackles what it means to be Chinese in the modern age”, December 2013 [download pdf]

past | GABRIEL LESTER IN PERFORMA 2013


Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St, New York
November 21st through 24th, 2013

The New York premiere of Gabriel Lester’s performance “Super-Sargasso Sea (phantom play #1)” is included in Performa 2013. “Super-Sargasso Sea (phantom play #1)” a fragmented and atmospheric exploration of the powerful narrative qualities of light and sound. On stage, a precise and methodical installation of objects and colored lights will invite the audience to a highly evocative theater play that involves no actors. Lester’s 20-minute performance will provide a dreamscape for the subconscious with sophisticated variations of tensions, suspense, and drama. “Super-Sargasso Sea (phantom play #1)” is a Performa Project curated by Defne Ayas.

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