Liu Chuang

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BIOGRAPHY | SELECTED WORKS | RECENT EXHIBITIONS | SELECTED PRESS
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BIOGRAPHY

Liu Chuang (b. 1978 Hubei, China) produces work that integrates social intervention with institutional critique to examine China’s immediate realities, particularly the Shanzhai phenomenon of piracy and plagiarism in mass manufacturing and culture. Working across disciplines from video, installation, architecture to performance, Liu uses banal ready-mades and intervention techniques with a subtle, wry sensibility and an awareness of absurdity.

Liu Chuang has exhibited extensively in international exhibitions including: “Matter Fictions”, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisboa, Portugal, 2016; “Tutorials”, Pino Pascali Foundation Museum, Polignano, Italy, 2016; “Bentu, Chinese Artists In A Time Of Turbulence And Transformation”, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France, 2016; “We Chat: A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art”, Asia Society, Texas, Houston and Center For The Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, USA, 2016; Berlinale, The Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, 2016; The 10th Gwangju Biennale: Burning Down the House, Gwangju, Korean, 2014; The 10th Shanghai Biennale: Social Factory (Shanghai, China, 2014), “28 Chinese”, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, The San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, both in USA, 2015, and Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, USA, 2013; “My Generation: Young Chinese Artists”, Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County, California, USA, 2015; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma , USA, 2015, Tampa Museum of Art & Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg, Florida, USA; “Artists’ Film International”, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK, 2012; “Moving Image In China: 1988-2011”, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2011; “China Power Station”, Pinacoteca Giovannie Marella Agnelli, Turin, Italy, 2010; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway, 2007; The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, The first New Museum Trienanle, New Museum, New York, USA, 2009; Mediations Biennale, Poznan, Poland, 2008; “Slash Fiction”, Gasworks, London, UK, 2007, etc.

Liu Chuang’s recent solo exhibitions include “Segmented Landscape”, (K11 Art Village, Wuhan, China 2015) “Love Story”, (Salon 94, New York, USA, 2014), “Untitled” (The Dancing Partner), (Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger Norway, 2014), and “Liu Chuang: Works #16-21”, (Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, 2012).

Liu Chuang lives and works in Beijing, China.

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SELECTED WORKS

LIU CHUANG, "Segmented Landscape", 2014, Mixed media installation, Dimension variable, Shanghai Biennale

LIU CHUANG, "Segmented Landscape", Installation view (front), 2014, Shanghai Biennale

LIU CHUANG, "Segmented Landscape", Installation view (front), 2014, Shanghai Biennale

LIU CHUANG, "Segmented Landscape", Installation view (rear), 2014, Shanghai Biennale

LIU CHUANG, "Segmented Landscape", Installation view (rear), 2014, Shanghai Biennale

LIU CHUANG, "Love Story", 2014, Salon 94, New York, Installation view

LIU CHUANG, "Love Story", 2014, Salon 94, New York, Installation view

LIU CHUANG, "Love Story", 2014, Salon 94, New York, Installation view

LIU CHUANG, "Untitled (The Festival)", 2011, Single channel video with sound, 5 min 14 sec

LIU CHUANG, "Untitled (The Festival)", 2011, Single channel video with sound, 5 min 14 sec

LIU CHUANG, "Untitled (The Festival)", 2011, Single channel video with sound, 5 min 14 sec

LIU CHUANG, "Untitled (The Dancing Partner)", 2010, Single channel video with sound, 5 min 15 sec

LIU CHUANG, "Buying Everything on You(Zhou Shuping)", 2005, All belongings and objects collected from one individual, Plinth dimension: 120 x 240 x 20 cm

LIU CHUANG, "Buying Everything on You(Zhou Shuping)", 2005, Detail

LIU CHUANG, "Buying Everything on You(Zhou Shuping)", 2005, Detail

LIU CHUANG, "Buying Everything on You (Li Shuanghu)", 2006, All belongings and objects collected from one individual, Plinth dimension: 120 x 240 x 20 cm

LIU CHUANG, "Buying Everything on You (Li Shuanghu)", 2006, Detail

LIU CHUANG, "Buying Everything on You (Li Shuanghu)", 2006, Detail

LIU CHUANG, "Unknown Album", 2008, Detail

LIU CHUANG, "Unknown Album", 2008, Detail

LIU CHUANG, "Unknown Album", 2008, Detail

LIU CHUANG, "Unknown Album", 2008, Detail

LIU CHUANG, "Untitled (unknown river) II", 2008, Pipes, chairs, tables, Dimension variable

LIU CHUANG, "Untitled (unknown river) II", 2008, Pipes, chairs, tables, Dimension variable

LIU CHUANG, "Untitled (The History of Sweat) 1", 2007, Air conditioning, Dimension variable

LIU CHUANG, "Untitled (The History of Sweat) 2", 2013, Air conditioning, Dimension variable

 

For more works and projects by the artist, download the portfolio in pdf.

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RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS

“Segmented Landscape”, K11 Art Village, Wuhan, China, 2015
“Liu Chuang: Live Remnants”, Magician Space, Beijing, China, 2015
“Art Unlimited”, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2015
“Love Story”, Salon 94, New York, USA, 2014
“Untitled (The Dancing Partner)”, Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway, 2014
“Liu Chuang: Works #16-21″, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China, 2012
“51m 2:13# Liu Chuang”, Taikang Space, Beijing, China, 2010

RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

“The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away”, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangdong, 2017
“Incomplete Urbanism”, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore, 2016
“1th Daojiao Art Festival”, XI Contemperary Art Centre, Dongguan, 2016
“Social/Kapital”, Arkipel-Jakarta International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival, Jakarta
“That has been, and may be again”, Para/site Art Space, Hong Kong,2016
“TUTORIALS – Moving Images and Instructions For Use From China”, Pino Pascali Foundation, Polignano, Italy,2016
“Dark Ecology”, 8th Crosstalk Video Art Festival , Budapest, Hungary, 2016
“Live streaming/Life’s dreaming”, douyu.com/533139, Shanghai,2016
“5th Kyiv International Shot Film Festival”, Kyiv, 2016
“Heavy Artillery”, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 2016
“Matter Fictions”, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisboa, Portugal, 2016
“That Has Been, and May Be Again”, Para Site, Hong Kong, China, 2016
“TUTORIALS – Moving images and instructions for use from China”, Pino Pascali Foundation Museum, Polignano, Italy, 2016
“We Chat: A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art”, Asia Society, Texas, Houston, Texas, USA, 2016
“We Chat: A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art”, Center For The Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, USA, 2016
“Bentu, Chinese Artists In A Time Of Turbulence”, Fondation Loius Vuitton, Paris, France, 2016
“WE: A Community of Chinese Contemporary Artists”, chi K11 art museum, Shanghai, China, 2016
“Mud of Compound Experience”, Organized by Leo Xu Projects and Mother’s Tankstation, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China, 2016
“Forum Expanded: Traversing the Phantasm”, Berlinale, Berlin, Germany, 2016
“Digging a Hole in China”, OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, China, 2016
“Kyiv International Short Film Festival”, Kiev, Ukraine, 2016
“M+ Screenings: Visible Places”, Broadway Cinematheque, Hong Kong, China, 2016

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SELECTED PRESS

Artsy, “20 Chinese Emerging Artists You Should Know”, by Frances Arnold, July, 2016  [download pdf]
Leap, “Against Entropy”, by Zhao Meng Sha, Issue 113, January & February, 2016 [download pdf]
Frieze, “Cold Portraits And Warm-Hearted Annotations”, by Paul Teasdale, Issue 169, March, 2015 [download pdf]
Kaleidoscope, “Liu Chuang Love Story, Afterword”, by Venus Lau, Launch Issue, January, 2015 [download pdf]
Kaleidoscope, “Liu Chuang”, by Venus Lau, Issue 22, Fall, 2014 [download pdf]
Art Asia Pacific, “Love Story”, by Paul Lester, June, 2014 [download pdf]
Artforum, “Liu Chuang: Love Story”, by Zhang Hanlu, May, 2014 [download pdf]
The New York Times, “40 Nations, 1,000 Artists and One Island”, by Roberta Smith, May, 2013 [download pdf]
For Him Magazine, “Liu Chuang and his Shanzhai”, by Weng Xiaoyu, Spring & Summer, 2013 [download pdf]

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upcoming | AAAJIAO: USER, LOVE, HIGH-FREQUENCY TRADING

aaajiao, Candy wrappers (twitter), 2017

AAAJIAO: USER, LOVE, HIGH-FREQUENCY TRADING
May 27th through July 2nd, 2017
Opening Reception: May 26th, Friday, 6-8 pm
 

past | PLEASE FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT AS WE ARE EXPERIENCING SOME TURBULENCE

Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence

March 18th through April 30th, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, March 17th, 6-8pm

David Kordansky Gallery and Leo Xu Projects are pleased to present “Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence”, a collaborative group exhibition held at Leo Xu Projects, Lane 49, Building 3, Fuxing Xi Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai. The show will be on view from March 18 until April 30, 2017. An opening reception will take place on Friday, March 17 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.

Featuring artists from both of the galleries’ programs, Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence will examine how a wide and heterogeneous array of aesthetic positions can reflect, refract, and bear witness to an uncertain state of global affairs. The exhibition will include work by Kathryn Andrews, Andrea Büttner, Chen Wei, Heman Chong, Sam Gilliam, Zach Harris, Evan Holloway, Rashid Johnson, Gabriel Lester, Li Qing, Liu Shiyuan, Pixy Liao, Jonas Lund, Tala Madani, Chris Martin, Torbjørn Rødland, Sissel Tolaas, Tom of Finland, Wei Jia, Ming Wong, and Betty Woodman.

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fair | FRIEZE NEW YORK 2017

Li Qing, "Window · The Sea in the Museum", 2016-2017

Frieze New York
Booth B23
Randall’s Island, Manhattan
May 5th through 7th, 2017
Preview: Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Located at booth B23, the gallery will be exhibiting a solo presentation of Shanghai-based artist Li Qing, who was recently shortlisted for the sixth edition of Prix Jean-Francois Prat (2017), a prestigious international contemporary art prize mainly focuses on painting.
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news | AAAJIAO IN BODY MEDIA II AT PSA

Group Exhibition: Body·Media II
Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
April 29 through July 30, 2017

 

Artist aaajiao is selected along with other 23 artists/art groups from 12 countries to be included in the group exhibition “Body·Media II” at Power Station of Art, Shanghai,  co-curated by Gong Yan (China) and Richard Castelli (France). The exhibition continues the theme of 2007’s exhibition Body Media, re-discusses the close ties between new media and body within the new era context totally revolutionized by advancing technologies. It contains installation, performance, photography, video, and other hard-to-be-defined art forms, introduces cross-disciplinary cooperative patterns and exceeds boundaries of interactive art exhibitions.

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news | AAAJIAO, CHENG RAN, LI QING IN MOCA PAVILLION


Group exhibition: All happens after sunset…
MOCA Pavilion, Shanghai, China
April 22nd through May 25th, 2017

Artists aaajiao, Cheng Ran and Li Qing participate the group exhibition “All happens after sunset” at MOCA Pavilion, Shanghai, curated by Xⁿ Office, a contemporary art curating group launched by researcher of art history Penny Xu and artist Ni Youyu. The exhibition is also part of the first phase of MOCA’s 2017 “+Follow+” young artist group exhibition project, to follow young Chinese artists in their development, observing them as they mold through their early stages and blossom into maturity.

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fair | ART BASEL HONG KONG 2017

 
Art Basel Hong Kong
Stand C20
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center
March 23rd through 25th, 2017
Preview Wednesday, March 22nd
 


news | CITY OF STARS

 

Leo Xu Projects and Art Project CZ co-presents
Group Exhibition: City of Stars
April 19th through June 19th, 2017
MINGO
No. 1690 Huaihai Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai

 

The collaborative group exhibition “City of Stars” between Leo Xu Projects and Art Project CZ runs from April 19th to June 19th, 2017. The exhibition aims to capture the nightlife and living experience in the former French concession area in Shanghai, and to project a broader encapsulation of the Chinese youth’s status quo. Artists on view include aaajiao, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Guo Hongwei, Li Qing and Liu Shiyuan.

 

news | AAAJIAO AND LIU CHUANG IN SHANGHAI PROJECT CHAPTER 2

Shanghai Project Chapter 2
Envision 2116
Exhibition: “Seeds of Time”
April 22 – July 30, 2017

Venues: Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Envision Pavilion, Zendai Zhujiajiao Art Museum

 

Artists aaajiao and Liu Chuang are invited by Shanghai Project to participate in the exhibition’s second chapter as researchers. Curated by Yongwoo Lee and Hans Ulrich Obrist, the Shanghai Project Chapter 2 exhibition ”Seeds of Time” will be inaugurated on April 22, 2017. Taking its title from the documentary of the same name, which shares the project’s call for action regarding the climate situation, the exhibition seeks to explore sustainability so as to better understand possible solutions for urgent environmental and social problems.

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news | CUI JIE IN PAST SKIN AT MoMA PS1

CUI JIE, S House #5, 2016

Past Skin
April 6 – September 10, 2017
MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens
Long Island City, NY 11101

Cui Jie will participate in the group exhibition “Past Skin” at MoMA PS1, New York, running from April 6 to September 10, 2017. In today’s technological environment, we can style, extend, and broadcast ourselves at will, projecting into digital realms that in turn shape us. The six artists in ”Past Skin” take up science historian and cyber-feminist Donna Haraway’s provocation, “Why should our body end at the skin?,” testing the growing porosity between our bodies and habitats in a contemporary world where virtuality is ubiquitous and surreality is increasingly normalized. As much as we exert influence on our bodies and surroundings, the technologies that enable this influence also influence us. Details »

news | CHEN WEI: THE CLUB AT CCP MELBOURNE

CHEN WEI: The Club
March 24 – May 7, 2017
Opening: Thursday 23 March, 6–8pm
Centre for Contemporary Photography
404 George St, Fitzroy
Melbourne, Victoria 3065
Australia

Titled “The Club”, Chen Wei’s first institutional solo exhibition in Australia is to open on March 23, 2017 and runs until May 7 at Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.

Beijing-based artist Chen Wei’s practice actively blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction through the construction of carefully staged scenes and handcrafted objects. The Club – his first solo exhibition in a public institution in Australia – comprises a series of photographs and installations that fabricate a visual archive of Chinese club culture. Chen has meticulously recreated the architecture, interiors and culture of nightclubs to celebrate this previously undocumented subculture and to provide a commentary on wider social changes that have been taking place in China.

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news | CUI JIE IN THE NEW NORMAL: ART AND CHINA IN 2017 AT UCCA

The New Normal:Art and China in 2017
March 19–July 9, 2017 
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) 
798 Art District
No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District
100015 BeijingChina 

What is the place of art in China today? Or rather, in a world where the underpinnings of the post-World War II consensus have come suddenly loose, a world whose most prosperous corners find themselves in thrall to sectarian populism, a world increasingly unable to deny the changes wrought to its ecosystem by the last hundred years of human emissions, and a world in which, despite it all, China continues to grow in output and influence, what is to be done?

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news | GABRIEL LESTER IN KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE 2016

Gabriel Lester, Dwelling Kappiri Spirits, 2016

Kochi-Muziris Biennale:
Forming in the Pupil of an Eye
December 12th, 2016 through March 29th, 2017 

 

Gabriel Lester is featured among 97 artists who have been invited to create new works in this year’s Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the largest contemporary art biennial in South Asia. Curated by the eminent Indian artist Sudarshan Shetty, the third edition of the Biennale is titled Forming in the Pupil of an Eye. The Biennale will run from December 12, 2016 until March 29, 2017.
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news | HE AN, SOLO EXHIBITION AT ACCA, MELBOURNE

He An:
Do You Think That You Can Help Her Brother?
February 11th, 2017 through April 23rd, 2017 
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
111 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

 

He An’s neon light installation, Do You Think You Can Help Her Brother?, will be presented on the northern façade of ACCA’s iconic architecture as a keynote public project for Asia TOPA, comprised of Chinese characters gleaned from shopfronts and various sites throughout the city of Beijing, telling a dark story about love, desire and power in.

Drawn from popular news stories and online social media, Do You Think You Can Help Her Brother? combines found texts to create a narrative poem that relays the experience of marginalized labour workers, popular Chinese novels, the sex industry and criminal underground networks in Chinese society.
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past | NINA CANELL: REFLEXOLOGY

Nina Canell: Reflexology

November 9th, 2016 through January 15th, 2017
Opening reception: Wednesday, November 9th, 5-8pm

Nina Canell: “Reflexology” is the first solo exhibition of Berlin-based artist Nina Canell (b.1979, Sweden) to take place in China. Set across all three floors of the gallery space, Canell’s characteristically concise sculptural works of found and functional objects explore the often-overlapping networks and natural phenomena that surround us, probing the connections between material objects and immaterial forces. For this exhibition, Canell presents a series of new and recent works, incorporating site-specific elements and objects that have been sourced locally in Shanghai.

Taking the practice of reflexology as her starting point, Canell uses the exhibition format to investigate how the varying meanings of the term might be interpreted through the relationship between the work and its viewer.
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news | GABRIEL LESTER SOLO EXHIBITION AT CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE (CAC), VILNIUS

Gabriel Lester: The Nine Day Week
November 25th, 2016 through January 15th, 2017
Opening November 25th, 6pm

Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Vokiečių 2
LT-01130 Vilnius
Lithuania

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news | AAAJIAO IN TAKE ME I’M YOURS AT JEWISH MUSEUM NEW YORK

Take Me (I’m Yours)

September 16th, 2016 through February 5th, 2017

Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

Aaajiao presents a new installation in “Take Me (I’m Yours)” at the Jewish Museum. “Take Me (I’m Yours)” was originally conceived by Christian Boltanski and Hans Ulrich Obrist in 1995. The New York show is curated by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, the Jewish Museum; Hans Ulrich Obrist; and Kelly Taxter, Assistant Curator, the Jewish Museum.
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news | LIU CHUANG IN THE MAN WHO NEVER THREW ANYTHING AWAY AT GUANGDONG TIMES MUSEUM

Times Heterotopia Trilogy III:
The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away
Guangdong Times Museum
January 8th through February 19th, 2017
Opening: January 7th, 2017

 

Liu Chuang is featured in the group exhibition “The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away” at Guangdong Times Museum. The exhibition is curated by Nikita Yingqian Cai and will run from January 8th through February 19th, 2017.

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news | CHENG RAN: DIARY OF A MADMAN AT THE NEW MUSEUM

Cheng Ran: Diary of a Madman

October 19th 2016 through January 15th 2017
New Museum, New York

Curated by Helga Christoffersen and Massimiliano Gioni.

news | AAAJIAO IN OVERPOP AT YUZ MUSEUM SHANGHAI

OVERPOP

September 4th, 2016 through January 15th, 2017

Yuz Museum
No.35 Fenggu Road, Shanghai

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news | CUI JIE IN VITAMIN P3

Vitamin P3 – New Perspectives in Painting

Publisher: Phaidon Press, 2016
Hardcover: 352 pages
550 color illustrations
11.38 x 9.88 in
28.9 x 25.1 cm

Since the publication of the first Vitamin P in 2002, painting has continued to evolve and excite, with new generations responding to its historic importance and taking it in unexpected directions. A central pillar of artistic practice, painting also has enduring appeal, dominating the art market. Vitamin P3 takes the conversation forward, spotlighting more than 100 outstanding artists who are engaging with – and pushing the boundaries of – the medium of paint.

For the full article on Cui Jie, please [download pdf]