Cheng Ran & Cyril Duval (Item Idem) (b.1981; 1977, Mongolia & France)

Cheng Ran

Born in 1981 in Inner Mongolia.

Cheng Ran graduated from China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. Cheng’s videos project the innermost of young Chinese and capture the living experience greatly impacted by the globalized cultures and cultural policies. They integrate elements of the performative, the visual from electronica and rock’n’roll music, and in a few cases, the aesthetics of Chinese ink painting into his cinematic language that is informed by the late 20th century art house cinema.

Cheng has exhibited at many galleries and institutions in China and abroad, such as  “Moving Image in China: 1988-2011” (Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2011), “Farewell to Post-colonialism: The Third Guangzhou Triennial” (Guangdong Art Museum, 2008), “Immersion and Distance” (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2009), “Yi Pai–Century Thinking” (Today Art Museum, Beijing, 2009), “The Tell-tale Heart” (James Cohan Gallery Shanghai and New York, 2010 and 2011), “In A Perfect World…” (Meulensteen Gallery, New York, 2011), and "Boy: A Contemporary Portrait" (Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, 2012).

Cyril Duval (Item Idem)

Born 1977 in France.
Lives and works in New York

Item Idem, the pseudonym for Cyril Duval, cites a line from Jenny Holzer’s “Truism” series as his artistic credo: “Use what is dominant in a culture to change it quickly.” His diverse body of conceptual work fuses fine art, design, fashion, and popular culture to examine contemporary social codes and systems of valuation. Especially interested in physical and digital branding strategies, Item Idem subverts ubiquitous logos and traditional marketing structures in his irreverent sculptures and installations. For Big Beacon (2008), Item Idem fused a monumental Chanel logo with the scale and color scheme of a freestanding McDonald’s sign, in effect questioning mass consumerism and luxury consumption.

Among his most recent solo exhibitions feature VOIR DIRE, Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York, USA; Shanzhai Biennial No 3, Project Native Informant, London, UK; Shanzhai Biennial No 3, Frieze Live, London, UK.(2014); I.B.M (Inoperant Body Masses), BOFFO Fire Island Art Camp, Fire Island Pines, USA; Illbaso, Projects, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, USA; Felon, The Henry Ford Museum, curated by MILK studios & LEGS Media, Detroit, USA. (2013); De Nada, NADA Art Fair, Miami Beach, USA. HUNGER by item idem, feat Takeru Kobayashi, directed by CyCy Sanders, NOWNESS, London, UK. (2012).

Item Idem has exhibited in various group exhibitions among which feature DISOWN, Shanzhai Biennial presents Shanzhai Originals with DIS Magazine, Red Bull Studios, New York, USA (2014); SUPERNATURALISM, Performa 13, New York, USA;
Shanzhai Biennial No 2, as part of the ProBio exhibition; EXPO 1: New York, MoMA Ps1, New York, USA; No Shame: Storefront for Sale, Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York, USA; Next Generation Party, New Museum, New York, USA (2013).

Cheng Ran & Cyril Duval (Item Idem) b.1981; 1977

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