Liu Zhen

Visual Artists based in Zhujiajiao, Shanghai
Founder/Director of Untitled Space (Gallery/Residency)
Host/Producer of Untitled Nonsense (Podcast)

刘震

视觉艺术家,现工作生活于上海朱家角
无题空间(画廊/驻地)创始人/总监
《无说八道》音频节目主持人/制作人

Introduction

Liu Zhen was born in Jinan, Shandong, China in 1990. He moved to Singapore in 2009 and received his Master and bachelor in Fine Arts. He was active in the Singapore art scene between 2010-2017.  He met Singapore education and art minster as representative of Singapore young artists in 2015. He also went RMIT as an exchange scholar in 2015. His works had been collected by in Singapore National Gallery, LASALLE College of arts, Singapore Tang-lin Club, AllianzeInsurance Singapore Headquarters, and many private collectors. His works have exhibited in many museums, galleries, art fairs, and embassies. In 2017, he moved back to Shanghai, founded and as director Untitled Space, a contemporary art space and artist residency. In 2019, he founded a podcast called Untitled Nonsense, also as the host and producer.

简介

刘震1990年出生于山东济南,从小学习绘画。2009年前往新加坡求学,并获得学士和硕士学位。2010-2017年活跃于新加坡当代艺术界。2015年作为新加坡青年艺术家代表,受到新加坡教育文化部长接见。2015年受新加坡艺术理事会邀请,作为青年学者前往澳大利亚皇家理工参加学术交换。作品被新加坡国家画廊、新加坡拉萨尔艺术学院、新加坡唐林俱乐部、德国安联保险公司新加坡总部,以及诸多私人藏家所收藏。其作品曾在新加坡多个美术馆、画廊、艺博会、大使馆展出。2017年移居到上海,创立当代艺术空间、国际艺术家驻地-无题空间,并担任总监。2019年创立音频节目《无说八道》,并担任主持人与制作人。

Art Practice

Liu Zhen, a Chinese artist based in Shanghai, makes paintings, which explore the conflict he sees between individuality and modern culture. Looking back at his younger days in an environment of discipline and repression, Liu’s current art research looks at the fears surrounding the lack of self-expression and the presence of self-consciousness in the context of modern sociology.

For Liu, his life experiences have enabled him to reflect on his perception of reality; and through his art and his passion for raising attention to concerns with modern social issues, he is able to amplify the need for an awareness of social responsibility. Influenced by the language of post-modernism, Liu reinvents allegoric sentiment and critical contestation into his paintings to encourage a dialogue with the audience, regarding issues faced in a highly civilized modern society to achieve consensus. His passion is in addressing an over-saturated social media that blurs the boundaries between representation and reality, heightening the audience’s perception to interpret anything and everything in aesthetic terms. Liu wants to raise a conversation about the next phase of understanding with media, to have images which no longer function as representations, images without ambiguity and no intent to shape or reflect aesthetics, to be images of reality, as they are.

Liu questions his role as an artist when his paintings no longer have the ability to reveal a greater truth about reality through images itself. In his current works, the explosion is the content but not the context. Beauty is ironically and unrealistically celebrated, especially in the deliberate framing of otherwise disturbing images with Liu’s exaggerated and distorted expressions hidden within the build-up of the layers in the ‘beautiful’ clouds of smoke.

艺术实践

刘震的艺术实践主要以绘画为主。他的作品探索了,他眼中的个体与当代文化之间的冲突。回顾他充满纪律性和镇压环境下的青少年时代,刘震当前的艺术研究,在现代社会学的背景下,着眼于对于缺乏自我表达和自我意识存在的担忧。

对于刘震,他的生活经历使其能够反思他对现实的看法,希望通过他的艺术作品和艺术热情提高对现代社会问题的关注,能够增强某种对社会责任意识的需求。受后现代主义语言的影响,刘震在他的绘画中重新展现了寓言类的情感和批判性的争论,以此鼓励与观众对话,讨论高度文明的现代社会所面临的问题,并达成某种共识。他的艺术热情在于讨论,过度饱和的,模糊了表现形式与现实之间界限的社交媒体,提出了对观众以美学的方式解释任何事物的质疑。刘震希望以探索“媒体的下一阶段”展开一场对话,让图像不再具有表现形式,让图像不再模棱两可,不再塑造或反映美学,就像其初衷一样,成为现实的图像。

当他的绘画作品不再具有通过图像本身,揭示更多关于真实世界的能力时,刘震开始质疑他作为艺术家的角色。在他目前的作品中,爆炸是内容,而非语境。美学是具有讽刺意味的,被不切实际的庆祝着的。特别是在其故意构筑令人不安的图像时,刘震的夸张和扭曲的表达形式隐藏在着一层层“美丽的”烟雾中。

Education

2016  Master of Arts Fine Arts, Goldsmiths, University of London (United Kingdom)/LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore)
2014  Bachelor of Arts Fine Arts, Goldsmiths, University of London (United Kingdom)/LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore)

教育

2016 伦敦大学金史密斯学院(英国)/拉萨尔艺术学院(新加坡)艺术硕士(美术)
2014 伦敦大学金史密斯学院(英国)/拉萨尔艺术学院(新加坡)艺术学士(美术)

Exhibitions

2019 Redux, Untitled Space Gallery, Shanghai, China
2019 Eyes Wide Open, Untitled Space Gallery, Shanghai, China
2019 Keepsake, Untitled Space Gallery, Shanghai, China
2018 Distilled Revery, Untitled Space Gallery, Shanghai, China
2018 Fragmentations Fragmentations Fragmentations, Untitled Space Gallery, Shanghai, China
2017 By the River, Untitled Space Gallery, Suzhou, China
2017  Instinctive 1.0: (in)visible, ION Art Gallery, Singapore
2016  The Ocean Is Really Blue, Studio Kura Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan
2016  And the Rest of Such Things, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
2016  The Great Lubricator: The Power of Image – The Image of Power, Societe Generale Gallery, Alliance Francoise de Singapour, Singapore
2015  Sweet Spot, Brother Joseph McNally Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
2014  SPOT ART 2014, ARTrium@MCI, Singapore
2014  From the Ground Up, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
2014  Affordable Art Fair Singapore, F1 Pit Building, Singapore
2013  Impetus, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
2010  ARTivist, LASALLE College of the Arts, Project Space, Singapore
2010  East Coast Postcard Exhibition, LASALLE College of the Arts, Project Space, Singapore

展览(部分)

2019  归来,无题空间画廊,上海,中国
2019  大开眼界,无题空间画廊,上海,中国
2019  信物,无题空间画廊,上海,中国
2018  被蒸馏的遐想,无题空间画廊,上海,中国
2018  碎片 裂片 残片,无题空间画廊,上海,中国
2017  在河边,无题空间画廊,苏州,江苏,中国
2017  Instinctive 1.0: (in)visible,ION Art Gallery,新加坡
2016  The Ocean Is Really Blue,Studio Kura Gallery,福冈,日本
2016  And the Rest of Such Things,Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore,新加坡
2016  The Great Lubricator: The Power of Image – The Image of Power,Societe Generale Gallery,Alliance Francoise de Singapour,法国驻新加坡大使馆,新加坡
2015  Sweet Spot,Brother Joseph McNally Gallery,Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore,新加坡
2014  SPOT ART 2014,ARTrium@MCI,新加坡
2014  From the Ground Up,Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore,新加坡
2014  Affordable Art Fair Singapore,F1 Pit Building,新加坡
2013  Impetus,Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore,新加坡
2010  ARTivist,拉萨尔艺术学院,Project Space,新加坡
2010  East Coast Postcard Exhibition,拉萨尔艺术学院,Project Space,新加坡