During the months of May and early June, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) is partnering with K11 Art Foundation (KAF) to pair works on SCREEN. Founded by Adrian Cheng in 2010, K11 Art Foundation is a non-profit organization in Hong Kong dedicated to fostering the development of Chinese contemporary art. This all-digital collaboration will allow viewers to experience key works from these institutions’ collections during a time when travelling and physical viewing has been made difficult. KAF X MOCA: Transpacific Stream will be available 24/7 on MOCA’s SCREEN platform, as well as on KAF’s website.
KAF x SCREEN: Transpacific Stream pairs four video works by MOCA collection artists with four works on loan to KAF. Videos and films by Judy Fiskin, Erin Cosgrove, Mark Leckey, and Damian Ortega will be paired with those by Chinese artists Liu Chuang, Guan Xiao, Li Ming, and Cheng Ran. Screened over the course of six weeks, each pairing will highlight a theme shared by the two works, and that showcases the similarities and differences in both the physical and cultural landscape of each institution’s location, as well as the unique experience of viewing these works during a global pandemic.
Visit K11 Art Foundation (KAF) to view the full program.
Born in 1981 in Mongolia, China, the artist participated in the artist residence programme at the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in the Netherlands from 2013 to 2014. He founded the art space, Martin Goya Business, in 2017.
As a representative of China’s new generation of video and cross-media artist, Cheng Ran has been trying different art forms including film, poetry, drama, novel, and installation, etc. Relying on his vibrant mindset, sometimes detached and more often experimental spirit, he is especially good at changing the sense of space, structure and one’s conception towards the original object by undefined use of materials. The switch between texts and visual language created by the artist, allows the audience floating between the reality and the imagination, presenting the poetics of nihilism. In fact, the artist re-patches aesthetic elements as such into his own unique artistic language. His works in general reflect on the existential state of Chinese young generation under the impact of political and cultural globalisation. From these works, we can see that the artist doesn’st pay much attention on the issue of “identity”, but more on discovering new values from diverse cultures brought by globalisation. It seems that the artist’s self-judgment can’t be easily spotted, while this largely speaks of his autonomy in artistic creation. We can also find this distinguished feature in many of Cheng Ran’s works, which always reflect his deep thoughts on universal themes including the boundary, distinction, and even confrontation, marginalisation, etc. in an all-round way.
Cheng Ran’s works have been featured in numerous biennials, group exhibitions and film festivals, including Sydney Opera house (2019); FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art:An American City (2018); Art Institute of Chicago, 2017; the 63rd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2017); China Remixed Initiative at The Media School of the University of Indiana, (2017); Time Test: International Video Art Research Exhibition at CAFA Art Museum, Beijing (2016); SALTWATER: a Theory of Thought Forms, the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015); When I Give, I Give Myself at Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam(2015); Inside China: L'intérieur du Géant at chi K11 art museum, Shanghai(2015),K11 Art Foundation Pop-Up Space, Hong Kong(2015), and Palais de Tokyo, Paris(2014); the 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale,(2014); Decorum: Carpets and tapestries by artists at Power Station of Art, Shanghai,(2014); ON|OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); the 26th European Media Art Festival at Osnabruck(2013); Video Art in China-MADATAC at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2011); the 3th Guangzhou Triennial at (2008); and the 2ndChinese New Media Art Festival at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou (2004).
For the presentation of Inside China in Paris, Cheng Ran’s video Joss (2013) was projected on the façade of the Palais de Tokyo.
Cheng Ran’s recent solo exhibitions include New Museum, New York; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; MAC, Belfast; K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong.