Chongbin Zheng (San Francisco & Shanghai)

On Experiential Aesthetics

Artist Talk

Synopsis: A talk surrounding the artist’s recent interventions within the spaces of several historic gardens exploring both the cultural and natural modes of being in the world. Zheng will discuss the site-specific installations involving light, space, video and his interdisciplinary workshop. One is developed through interactions with a resident Monk at Kenninji, the oldest Zen monastery in Japan, and the other is a project which ponders Chinese notions of self-cultivation, movement and embodied perception through the design of an urban replica of a Suzhou scholar’s garden-courtyard in China. Through this presentation, the artist seeks to start a new dialog with local artists and curators in Dubai on the historic functions and experiential aesthetics of the garden in the Middle East.

Chongbin Zheng’s FIELD MEETING participation is supported by INK Studio (Beijing).


Bio: Throughout his three-decade long career, Chongbin Zheng has held the classical Chinese ink tradition and Western pictorial abstraction in productive mutual tension. Systematically exploring and deconstructing their conventions and constituents, he has developed a distinctive body of work that makes the vitality of matter directly perceptible. Zheng’s work can be found at the British Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, among many others.