2019
\Universal Gravitation
Duration: 22.3.2019– 19.5.2019
Venue:Cc Foundation & Art Centre
Address: Room 101, Bldg. 15, M50 Art Industrial Park, 50 Moganshan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai
 
The Cc Foundation and Cc Art Center’s first exhibition of 2019 is entitled Universal Gravitation, with its theme being inspired by Isaac Newton's 1687 Discovery of the Same Law of Nature. All the displayed artworks come from the private collection of David Chau, founder of the Cc Foundation. This exhibition and a series of associated public projects are presented in a non-narrative form, allowing the viewer to directly participate in the discussion of the contemporary art subject’s interactive and metaphorical meaning. Using a variety of experimental expressive forms, including electronic music, performance art, theatre, installations, images, paintings and others, the series attempts to immerse viewers into the artworks themselves, thereby remaking the interactive relationship between art and life, and promoting more diversified forms of presentation and attraction to art.
 
The nature of art is not to reproduce or reshape the spatial and temporal elements of reality. Rather, most artists seek to create abstract spaces that go beyond our lived experience, and thereby allowing viewers to escape the limits of space and time, as if traveling into a black hole. The exhibited four artworks were carefully selected for featuring imaginative and unearthly worlds, including images of Mar’s surface, stones with a futuristic geometry, abstract lines and a series of daily conversations captured and reproduced in a new multi-dimensional space. The theme of the exhibition is to guide the viewer into the future, bring their imaginations closer to its mysteries and unknown spaces.
 
This exhibition accumulates the artworks of four artists Donna Huanca, Liang Manqi, Neil Beloufa, and Shi Zhiying. We are honored to present their important videos, installations and paintings at the Universal Gravitation exhibition, with most their artworks being presented for the first time within an art institution.
 
Artist Introduction

Donna Huanca
Donna Huanca was born in 1980 in US, and studied at Städelschule, Frankfurt, was the recipient of the DAAD Artist Frankfurt and a Fulbright research grant. The body and skin are ongoing points of focus in Huanca’s work, where she employs them as both surface and material. The painted performers, often present alongside her studio works, dissimulate amongst the various elements in a state of camouflage; their ability to transition in and out of sentience composes a sort of allegory to the fragmentation of identity.

Liang Manqi
She was born in 1986 in Zhuhai, China. Now she is working and living in Shanghai. She graduated from Die Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK) Maste of Fine Art in 2012. Recent solo exhibitions: “Emocoding”, Solo Exhibition, Arario gallery, Shanghai, 2017; “Imaginary Practice”, Contemporary by Angela Li, Hong Kong, 2016.

Neil Beloufa
Paris based artist Neil Beloufa focussed entirely on the work of the Associates but drew in themes of narrative in common with his own practice both the narrative capacity within the work and the narrative of the work, or the stories that the work tells and the stories that the artist tells. In particular; the delicate balance between what is true and what is false and how that equivocacy might be maintained rather than resolved. This was discussed as a process of withholding and disclosing, specifically in relation to film and video works, but it was also applied to objects and images through the implied actions that had brought them about.

Shi Zhiying
She was born in Shanghai and got Master Degree of Oil Painting from Shanghai University Shanghai Fine Arts College in 2005. Currently she  lives and works in Shanghai. Recent solo exhibitions: Stones 2, Leo Gallery, Hong Kong, 2018; Stones, WHITE SPACE BEIJING, Beijing, China, 2017; SHI ZHIYING, Orange County Museum of Art, California, USA , 2017.

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Mars, Shi Zhiying, 2010
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Chabazite Crystal, Donna Huaca, 2016
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