Cheng Ran: Video Art in China – MADATAC
December 11th through December 14th, 2014
Reina Sofia Museum
Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid, Spain
MADATAC is an independent and non-profit springboard, with an cultural diversity approach for cutting edge experimental and new media audio-visual culture, that particularly values innovation, originality and risk-taking art projects.
November 23rd, 2014 through January 4th, 2015.
LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to present the gallery’s second solo exhibition of Beijing-based painter Cui Jie. Featuring a range of works from this year, the exhibition displays a selection of works from three of the artist’s recent series exploring urban landscapes, the relationship between the cityscape and its’ public artworks, as well the artist’s own connection with her architectural interests and research. Expanding on the continuous survey of the artist’s personal interpretations of her architectural surroundings in various urban environments in China, the exhibition presents not only the endlessness of urban development, but also the innate cyclic behaviour of metropolitan life.
September 20th through November 2nd, 2014
Opening reception and live performance: Saturday, September 20th, 6-8pm.
Since his first video work, Light Source (2005), in which the grainy image of a door is split by a beam of light radiating through its slow opening, Cheng Ran (b. 1981, lives and works in Hangzhou and Amsterdam) has restlessly plumbed the physicality of the moving image, ranging from the cellphone camera to Super 8 to HD. In a pair of recent video works, an erotic spam mail Cheng Ran had received serves as a ruse. Simply Wild (2014), shot in Super 8, uses a recurring split screen, juxtaposing awkward phrasing and unabashed yearning with flickering images. Always I Trust (2014), starring Chinese film star Carina Lau, usurps the slickness of cinema into an elliptical narrative. Together, they are testimony to Cheng Ran’s ongoing engagement with the way his generation desires and consumes sound and image.
November 22nd, 2014 through March 31st, 2015
Liu Chuang will be presenting a commissioned new installation for the upcoming 10th Shanghai Biennale curated by Anselm Franke
with co-curators Zhu Ye, Hila Peleg, Cosmin Costinas, Liu Xiao, Freya Chou.
In 2014, for the second time, China’s foremost State-run institution of contemporary art –Shanghai Power Station of Art –hosts the Shanghai Biennale, in its converted power station space.
Frieze Art Fair London
October 15th through 18th, 2014
Regent’s Park, London, UK
CHEN WEI, "Float #0816", 2013, Archival inkjet print, 100 x 75 cm
Balice Hertling Gallery
47 rue Ramponeau, Paris
July 3rd – August 1st, 2014
Artists: aaajiao, Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Guo Hongwei, Michael Lin, Liu Chuang, Xu Zhen, etc.
Curated by Leo Xu Details »
Folkestone Triennial 2014
August 30th through November 2nd, 2014
Gabriel Lester works in a range of media, initially focusing on music and progressing to film, installations and constructed environments. Lester’s work originates from a desire to tell stories, and construct environments that support these stories and propose their own narrative interpretation.
Cheng Ran: The Exchange Program
June 26th through July 1, 2014
AVIFF Art Film Festival (Cannes, France)
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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,
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 »
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 »
LEANDRO ERLICH, "Bâtiment - Oi!", 2014, Site-specific installation, dimension variable
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.
LIU CHUANG, "Love Story", 2008, Mixed media installation (used books), dimension variable
SALON 94 (Freemans), New York
May 7th through June 21st, 2014
The first US solo exhibition of conceptual Chinese artist Liu Chuang 刘窗 is presented in Salon94. Known for his critical projects that engage the social, economic, and political realities of contemporary China, his practice is made up of quiet interventions and accumulations into the public sphere. Often Chuang sites and gathers specific personal details in order to reveal voices and inner secrets, dreams and daily routines.
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 »
GUO HONGWEI, Into the Void #3, 2014, collage on paper, 35.4 x 55 cm
Frieze New York
Randall’s Island, Manhattan
May 9th through 12th, 2014
Preview Thursday May 8th, 11am – 9pm
LEO XU PROJECTS is proud to announce our second participation in Frieze New York at Randall’s Island, running from May 8th through 12th, 2014. At booth B33, we will be exhibiting a solo project by Beijing-based young artist Guo Hongwei.
Entitled “Miss Oyu (Oyu-Sama)”, the presentation revisits the eponymous film by celebrated Japanese filmmaker Kenji Mizoguchi (1898–1956), which explores the relationship between affairs of the heart and the social mores that define a people and a time. Guo samples and reorganizes elements within each frame, creating space within space, introducing new perspective to the image. The result is a dual-channel video, a body of collages on paper, scrolls and sculptures, all involving characters and scenes identical to the original, but with varied narratives and altered concepts. Guo’s approach translates the love affairs of Miss Oyu into a transcendental psychoanalytic journey.
Installation view, Solo show "Simply Wild", Art Basel Hong Kong,1D51
May 15th through 18th, 2014
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
1 Harbour Rd, Hong Kong
Cheng Ran’s solo show Simply Wild at LEO XU PROJECTS’s booth 1D 51 for Art Basel HK 2014, consisting of five works in various media—video, mixed media installation and photograph, etc., revolves around a spam e-mail he received from an anonymous woman. Recently made during his artist residency at Rijksakademie, Netherlands, this show reflects a refreshing artistic practice and insight in his ovoure.