b.1970, Yangjiang, Guangdong Province, China
Zheng Guogu lives and works in Yangjiang, Guangdong Province, China. He graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1992, and was a founding member of Yangjiang Group, an art collective focusing on experimental Chinese calligraphy, founded in 2002.
Zheng has participated in many significant international exhibitions, including Visionary Transformation, MoMA PS1, 2019; Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2017; Social Factory - 10th Shanghai Biennale, 2014; Farewell to Post- Colonialism - 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, 2008; Documenta 12, Kassel, 2007; Brave New Worlds, Walker Art Center, 2007; and Canton Express in Zone of Urgency, 50th Venice Biennale, 2003. His recent solo exhibitions include The Winding Path to Trueness, Mirrored Gardens, Guangzhou, 2017; Where energy inhabits?, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, 2016; Visionary Transformation, VeneKlasen/Werner, Berlin, 2015; and Ubiquitous Plasma, OCAT Xi'an, 2015. He received the Best Artist Award from the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards in 2006.
Transformation of Practices
Arx Lee, Wong Shun Kit, Zheng Guogu
4.23 - 5.23, 2020
Images of Magnetic Resonance
7.12 - 8.24, 2014
Garden of Pine: Also Fierce Than Tiger II
8.14 - 9.30, 2010
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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.