Zheng Chongbin 鄭重賓 Shanghai, China, b. 1961
Zheng Chongbin received a dual education graduating from the prestigious National Academy of Art in Hangzhou as a classically-trained experimental ink painter and from the San Francisco Art Institute specializing in conceptual, installation, and performance art.
Zheng’s artistic practice centers around constructing a language of experience that captures the vital agency of the material world and makes it accessible to human perception. In his indexical abstractions, Zheng has developed a distinctive painting practice that makes the performance of nature directly perceptible, not picturing but instantiating nature’s entropic processes and fractal structures in the interactions of ink, acrylic, paper, and light.
Zheng’s immersive video and installation practice places him in dialogue with West Coast light-and-space artists such as James Turrell and Robert Irwin. Whereas Irwin’s first-person, non-object art is emphatically humanist, Zheng’s de-centered materialism reflects a worldview grounded in the contemporary science of complexity and emergence that all order and life — including human life — emerge naturally from chaotic flows of energy and matter.
Zheng’s work can be found in the collections of the the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Orange County Museum of Art in California, M+ Museum in Hong Kong, the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, Ryosokuin at Kennin-ji Zen Temple in Kyoto, the British Museum in London, the Daimler Art Collection in Germany, the DSL Collection in France, and the Marina Bay Sands collection in Singapore. Zheng is the subject of a documentary film, The Enduring Passion of Ink, and an in-depth monograph Zheng Chongbin: Impulse, Matter, Form, edited by Britta Erickson and distributed by D.A.P. in the United States.