For this exhibition, Cheng Ran has created an immaterial sculpture. The nature of this work is important because it enhances one of the curatorial principles of the exhibition as well as the mission of Cass Sculpture Foundation --- to expand sculpture’s definition. Sculpture does not simply refer to a visual art form that employs a combination of materials, forms and volumes; it can also refer to propositions that transform environments, social realities and interpersonal relationships. Cheng was impressed by the beautiful, natural landscape at Cass Sculpture Foundation, but he was most impressed by the variable weather he encountered. As a result, he decided to create a ray of eternal ‘sunshine’ inside the dense forest. Using this setting, he has made three short films about local audiences and dancers entering and enjoying this sunshine. These short films are being screened indoors during the exhibition period.
About The Artist
In his practice Cheng Ran employs various different media including video, installation and performance. He also frequently borrows elements from other disciplines such as film, poetry, fiction and music creating poetic and dream-like scenes in reality. Cheng strives to accomplish work that addresses complex and sensitive spiritual conditions that are near impossible to represent through objectified aesthetic forms. When an audience member enters his works they become participants in a drama, but also part of a sculpture.