What’s Up Plant?
By Ting Cheng
♥ PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 03 March 2016, 7-10pm
(Visual x Sounds+ Performance+ DJ+ Beer+ Bubble Tea)
♥ EXHIBITION DATES: 04 March – 04 April 2016, 9am-5pm
♥ WHERE: Stour Space, 7 Roach Road, Hackney Wick, London E3 2PA
Taipei-born Ting Cheng, moved to London to study Photography at Goldsmiths in 2010. She has since established herself as a fine artist and designer exhibiting worldwide in Japan, the UK, China, Brazil, Thailand, Iceland and Germany, as well as her homeland of Taiwan. She currently creates most of her work from her studio at Stour Space in Hackney Wick.
Ting’s work is a delicate fusion of photography, graphic design, styling and installation art. This means that although all her work looks and feels undoubtedly hers, the format in which is manifests itself is always totally unpredictable. Similarly, the materials she uses are likely to be bizarre and unexpected.
‘What’s Up Plant’ is part of the Taiwan Culture Salon, supported by the Ministry of Culture. In this show, Ting will use her well-known photographs of plants as a proverbial space-hopper to bounce into a new creative arena. Using her undiluted love of all things plant, she finds new ways of playfully demonstrating her affection through a series of sculptural pieces. “I wanted to interact with them and show them my love”, she explained. This love is at points brutal, funny, pathetic and sweet; re-inventing the world around her as somewhere surreal but also strangely honest.
The evening of the private view will include a performance by Elena Savvidou, music by The Superfurry DJ and an audio/visual piece by Alois yang & Yun Nien, who will project objects viewed through a microscope in real time. What they have in common with Ting’s work is the desire to create something otherworldly out of the mundane; transforming fabric, lights, foam and plants into vessels for the imagination.
Welcome to the world of Ting Cheng; it’s a sort of fantasy you can’t help but believe in.