Artist Book

This Papaya Tastes Perfect

by Ian Cheng, Text by A.E. Benenson

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Published by Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club to accompany the show of the same name from August 25 - October 13, 2011. From the show's press release: "The exhibition premieres a new digitized performance that sets a sequence of encounters between physical human behavior and the virtual environment. Motion-capture is a recording process that registers the physical movements of the performer, absent the image of the performer. The recorded movements are then translated onto a digital body. In Hollywood, motion-capture is used to give impossible non-human characters an anthropomorphic spirit. Working with a choreographer, a performer, and a small team of motion capture technicians, Cheng has configured the motion capture process into a format for recording a visceral, incomplete memory. Placing the performer under a matrix of contradictory choreography, a debased narrative, whiskey, and technical bondage, an ancient horrifying physicality is registered in the virtual environment as a sequence of legible movements punctuated by impossible gestures and gross deformations. In this space, motion becomes a new material. Ian Cheng (born 1984, Los Angeles) is an artist based in New York. He studied Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley before working at Industrial Light & Magic. He received an MFA from Columbia University in 2009."

2011

Printed Optical Clear Film Dustcover

17" x 11"

48 Pages, Edition of 75


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Ian Cheng, Text by A.E. Benenson

Ian Cheng (b. 1984) was born in Los Angeles and lives and works in New York. He graduated from Berkeley University in 2006 having studied Cognitive Science and then developed his artistic practice at Columbia University, where he graduated in 2009 with a MFA in Visual Arts. Cheng uses a combination of cognitive behaviour recognition patterns and computer stimulations to create an evolving and dynamic aesthetic experience. The artist’s body of work is in a constant state of metamorphosis, never repeating itself. He has also recently been exhibited in a variety of solo shows in Europe at galleries such as Pilar Corrias in London, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Italy (Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist), Kunsthalle Dusseldorf in Germany, Cura in Rome, and many others.

http://iancheng.com/

2011

Printed Optical Clear Film Dustcover

17" x 11"

48 Pages, Edition of 75