b.1970, Yang Jiang, Guangdong Province, China

Zheng Guogu is a conceptual Chinese artist who emerged in the 1990s amid the profound shifts of China’s opening to a globalized world. Working with photography, calligraphy, painting, video and installation, Zheng revamps the local culture of his hometown Yangjiang and New China against the contexts and trends of global contemporary art. Zheng is also a member of Yangjiang Group, an art collective founded in 2002 in Yangjiang.

Zheng Guogu is one among a growing number of postmodern artists who have been reacting to the rapid shifts taking place in China over the past ten years by giving artistic shape to the phases of social and economic transformation. What distinguishes him is his commitment to the local culture of his hometown and his role in directing attention to it, while engaging with trends in global contemporary art. The international art world has fallen in love with contemporary Chinese art, and somehow Zheng Guogu, although often included in group exhibitions in Asia and Europe, has not been singled out often enough. He juggles fact with fiction or myth, while controlling the entry points to his community for visitors from the art world, who make the trek to visit him in the small town where he lives and work.


Zheng currently lives and works in Yangjiang, China.



Images of Magnetic Resonance

7.12 - 8.24, 2014


Garden of Pine: Also Fierce Than Tiger II

8.14 - 9.30, 2010


Press / News

REVIEW: Yangjiang Group’s Genre-Defying Acts at 4A Sydney

My introduction to the Chinese artist collective Yangjiang Group came in the form of an elaborate tea ceremony at the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney where an impressive array of tea making apparatus and tea drinking paraphernalia. The act of taking tea is a common means of “breaking the ice,” which the Yangjiang Group’s tea ceremony did remarkably well, especially because of the language barrier. But it also served as an introduction to the Group’s practice and to the exhibition I was at 4A to see, “Actions for Tomorrow.”

Spaghetti Calligraphy! The Yangjiang Group Plays with their Food in New Show

It’s no secret that banqueting plays an important role in Chinese culture, and needless to say no exhibition opening here is complete without some serious eating and drinking. But for their first show in Hong Kong at Blindspot Gallery, Chinese artist collective theYangjiang Group have taken this cultural phenomenon a bit further, not only showing work created partly out of food, but also turning the leftovers from their opening night banquet into art works on the spot. 

The Yangjiang artist collective was founded in the eponymous Pearl River Delta town in 2002 by Zheng Guogu, Chen Zaiyan and Sun Qinglin, and even though they pursue independent careers much of their work is still realized together. For their current show “After Dinner Shufa” — or "After Dinner Calligraphy” —  at Blindspot, they took their frequent bohemian drunken dinners together as the starting point for their work.  

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