A+ Contemporary is currently presenting artist Jiang Cheng’s solo exhibition “Post Meridiem”. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition at A+ Contemporary. Jiang Cheng’s artistic practices primarily construct a space of consciousness that resides on the edge of concrete imagery and unrealistic settings, and this exhibition presents his recent works created during 2016 and 2017, among which many were based formally on a series of small works on paper titled “Imagination and Experience of Different Rules” that the artist created in the early years. Through repeatedly creating images of fictional epistemology and cosmic outlook, Jiang Cheng is able to measure the extent of his artistic self-expression, while Western traditional painting techniques precisely provide such a framework that the element of self-expression in his practices would not manifest as overly wanton and out of control. On a macro level of self-transcendence, Jiang Cheng attempts to activate the synaesthesia of memory, experience, subconsciousness, body and painting, thereby realizing an almost transcendental state of lightness and ethereality. Curated by Yang Zi, the exhibition is on view through June 25th, 2017.
Jiang Cheng was born in 1985 in Zhejiang. He graduated in 2008 from China Academy of Art with a BA in Fine Art and in 2012 from China Academy of Art Chinesisch-Deutsche Kunstakademie with a MFA in Painting, Jiang Cheng currently lives and works in Beijing. His selected solo exhibitions include: Post Meridiem (A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, 2017) (Upcoming), Labyrinth (Ying Gallery, Beijing, 2013). His group exhibitions include: The Dilemmas of Painting (Organized by A+ Contemporary, Asia Art Center, Beijing, 2017), La Chair (A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, 2016), Co Space One (COSPACE, Shanghai, 2015), Fifth Anniversary of China Academy of Art Chinesisch-Deutsche Kunstakademie – the Outstanding Graduates Group Exhibition (China Academy of Art Museum, Hangzhou, 2012), Foggy Ark- 2nd Art Spring Exhibition by Postgraduates of China Academy of Art (No.8 Gallery, Hangzhou, 2010).
Yang Zi was born in 1986 in Tianjin. He graduated in 2008 from Nanjing University with a BA in Religious and Philosophy Studies. Former editor of LEAP, he is currently working for the Exhibitions Department at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing. He used to write for LEAP, Artforum and The Art Newspaper. Curated exhibitions include: Post Meridiem (A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, 2017)(Upcoming) , The New Normal: China, Art, and 2017 (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2017) , Gao Yuan : Eternal Return (Capsule Shanghai, Shanghai, 2017) , La Chair (A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, 2016), Aint No Chicken Outside the Canton (REFORMERart, Shanghai, 2016), PAPAPA-Goodbye, Bubble Wrap (Space Station, Beijing, 2015), Between Us (Sheng Dian Space, Beijing, 2015).