Emergency Nature Supply Kit (E.N. Supply, No. 271-OJ)Film: TRT: 744, loop
Sculpture: polyester resin, water, green patch of grass, electronic bird sounds generated from speaker and battery
Film: 16mm transferred to digital (digital transfer 2015)
Sculpture: 12 x 12 x 12 inches; 30.48 x 30.48 x 30.48 centimeters
Erosion Machine No.2
Plexiglas, metal racks and fittings, plastic, water pump, LED lights, black light, pebbles, 4 “human rocks,” wood base
15 x 25 x 9 inches, 38.1 x 63.5 x 22.86 centimeters
Erosion Series 1
Compacted sediment (”human rock”), cardboard, wooden box
6 x 13 x 11 inches, 15.24 x 33.02 x 27.94 centimeters
Supply & Demand(detail image)
Venus flytrap, insects, plastic case, humidifier, wiring, grass, wood pedestal, grow lamps
47 x 24 x 18.6 inches, 119.38 x 60.96 x 47.24 centimeters
Liquid/Solid Series: Solid - liquid No. C1
Glue, paint, framed
9 x 12 x 1.75 inches, 22.86 x 30.48 x 4.45 centimeters
Born: 1942 San Francisco
Lives and works in Santa Monica, CA
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITITIONS
Nature is Everything – Everything is Nature, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA
Human Rock, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Nature Observed/Technical Assist, Sculpture Center, New York, NY
1+1+1=1, Leal Selado Art Gallery, Macao, China
Quality of Light, Cornwall, England
25 Year of John Doe Co, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Solid Rain, Rancho Santiago College, Santa Ana, CA
66 % Water, Capp Street Projects, San Francisco, CA
Water Project, ASG Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Impressions, Invisible Sculpture, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
Sound Drop, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA
Moving Appearance, Polaris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Shifting Sand, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Recent Work, St. Polaris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Black Lake & Water Mind Play, Arco Center for Visual Art, Los Angeles, CA
Alternative TV, Berkeley, CA
12 to 5, ASG Foundation Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Natural Museum of Modern Art, Santa Monica, CA
Water Projects, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
Black Lake, Santa Monica, CA
Emergency Nature Supply, Osaka, Japan
Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Paradise, curated by Todd von Ammon, Westport Arts Center
Installation of Permanent Collection, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
3D: Double Vision, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Emerald City, K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong
Soil Erosion, Altman Siegel, San Francisco, CA
Carl Cheng, Robert Heinecken and Pat O’Neill: Works 1964-1984, Cherry and Martin at Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FL
Expanded Photographic/Material Practice at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 1963-1973, Cherry and Martin at FIAC, Paris, France
The Photographic Object, 1970, Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY
The Photographic Object, 1970, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
The Evolving Photographic Object in the US and Canada 1964-1970, Cherry and Martin at Paris Photo LA, Los Angeles, CA
Photography into Sculpture, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA
Installations: Armory Center for the Arts 20th Ann. Exhibition, Pasadena, CA
Infinity, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Millennium Show, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA
Organic Laboratory Museum, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
COLA: Individual Artist Grant Exhibition, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Turbulent Landscapes, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
Investigations, Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA
5th Biennale, Curated by L. Llanes-Godoy, Havana, Cuba.
3rd International Biennale in Nagoya - ARTEC'93, Nagoya Art Museum, Japan
The Nature of the Machine, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Chinese Artists from California, Leal Selado Art Museum, Macao
Proof: Los Angeles Art Photograph 1960–1980, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Art from the Exploratorium, World Financial Center, New York, NY (traveling exhibition)
Forty Years of Assemblage, curated by Ann Ayers, Frederick Wight Gallery,University of California, Los Angeles, CA; traveling exhibition to San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE (catalog)
Studio Artist Exhibition, The CLOCKTOWER, New York, NY
Art in Motion, Wake Forest Fine Art Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
Celebrating Two Decades in Photography, Grunwald Center, F. Wight Gallery,University of California, Los Angeles, CA, (catalog)
Traditions Transformed, Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA (catalog)
Photo-fusion, Pratt Manhattan Center Gallery, New York, NY (catalog)
Photo/Synthesis, Herbert Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Sounds, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
Erosions & Environmental Changes, Baxter Art Gallery, Caltech, Pasadena, CA
Photography into Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Vision and Expression, George Eastman House of Photography, Rochester, NY
Technology Giveaway by John Doe Co., Art & Technology Festival, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Photography, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN
Ghost Fish 107, Port of Los Angles, San Pedro, CA
Aerial Plaza, The Promenade, Long Beach, CA
Underwater Cafe, Santa Monica Library, Santa Moncia, CA
20 year Master Art Plan, Port of Los Angeles, CA
Centennial Square, Pasadena, CA
Community Island Pond, Pier 11, New York, NY
Everglades Trespass, Pembroke Pines Library Project, Broward County, FL
Friendship Acrobatic Troupe, Sony Exploration Museum, Beijing, China in conjunction with Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
Museum of Space Information, Metro Rail Station, MTA, Los Angeles, CA
Tilted Landscape, located at Tempe Library and Arts Center. Tempe, AZ
Sheriff's Facility; San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA
Water Lens Tower, Kaiser-Permanente Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
Santa Monica Art Tool, Santa Monica, CA
Seattle Underwater, Seattle, WA
Vogel, Wendy. “Carl Cheng,” Art in America, October 6, 2016.
Shang, Danielle. “Critics’ Picks: Los Angeles,” Artforum, June 2016. Online.Wagley, Catherine. “5 Art Shows to See in L.A. this Week: Carl Cheng,” LA Weekly, June 8, 2016.
Statzer, Mary, The Photographic Object 1970, Oakland: University of California Press, 2016.
Harmon, K. The Map as Art, Princeton Architecture Press, pgs. 244-245, 2009.
Heiferman, M. ed. City Art, New York % for Art Program, 2005.
Charlotte Area Transit System, Catalog of Artists Proposals, pg. 18-19, 2004.
Public Art Review, Spring, Summer, Vol.15, No.2, pg.18-19, 2004.
Whittaker, Richard, ed. Works + Conversations Magazine, No. 7, 2003.
Roots, Garrison. Designing World’s Best Public Art, p. 126, 2002.
Cheng, Carl. “Public Art: More than a Pretty Distraction, Counterpunch,” Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2003.
Cotter, H. “Nature Observed”, Weekend, New York Times, Nov.10, 2000.
1+1+1=1 , Macao, China, 2000.
Johnstone, Mark. Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1999.
Wilson, W. “Public Works Exhibition,” Los Angeles Times, Nov.18, 1998.
Wilson, W. “Investigations,” Los Angeles Times, June 4, 1996.
Frank, Peter. “Investigations Show,” L.A. Weekly, June 7, 1996.
Cassim, J. ARTEC, Japan Times Sunday, June 6, 1993.
“Water Projects”, Esquire Magazine, Asian edition, September 1991.
Clothier, Peter. "25 Year Survey," Art News, November 1991.
Ahlgren, Calvin. "66% Water", Art in America, June 1990.
List, Andrea. 40 years of California Assemblage, 1989.
Santa Monica Art Tool, Los Angeles Times,1988.
Pincus, R. "Moving Appearance”, Los Angeles Times, December 8, 1983.
"Recent Work," Los Angeles Times, 1984.
Cheng, Carl. "Dream and Art," DreamWorks, Spring, Vol.2, No.3, 1982.
O’Neill, B. "Carl Cheng's Museum,” Artweek. October 28, 1978.
Wortz, M. “Review of Sounds," Artnews, February 1976.
Bunnell, P. “Photography as Sculpture and Print,” Art in America, September-October 1969.
Danieli, F. "Some New Los Angeles Artists," Artforum 1966.
Nature is Everything - Everything is Nature
Cherry and Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
May 21 - July 30, 2016
Carl Cheng, Robert Heinecken and Pat O’Neill: Works 1964-1984
Cherry and Martin at Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FL
December 1-4, 2016
The Evolving Photographic Object in the US and Canada 1964-1970
Cherry and Martin at Paris Photo LA, Los Angeles, CA
November 15-18, 2012
News & Press
Paradise, curated by Todd von Ammon, Westport Arts Center, September 14 - November 9, 2018Installation of Permanent Collection, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA (ongoing)
3D: Double Vision, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, July 15, 2018 – March 31, 2019
Emerald City, K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong, March 28 - April 22, 2018
Soil Erosion, Altman Siegel, San Francisco, CA, September 7 – October 28, 2017
The Photographic Object, 1970, Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY, 26 June – 25 July 2014
The Photographic Object, 1970, Le Consortium, Dijon, France, July 4 - September 19, 2013