Ian Cheng

Born in Los Angeles, 1984 and lives in NY, USA

Ian Cheng is an artist living and working in New York. He has exhibited widely including solo presentations at MoMA PS1, New York; Serpentine Galleries, London; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin; and group presentations at Whitney Museum of American Art; New York; Hirshhorn Museum; Washington DC; Tate Modern, London; Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Sculpture Center, New York.
Since 2012, Cheng has produced a series of simulations exploring an agent’s capacity to deal with an ever-changing environment. These works culminated in the Emissaries trilogy, which introduced a narrative agent whose motivation to enact a story was set into conflict with the open-ended chaos of the simulation. Most recently, he has developed BOB (Bag of Beliefs), an AI creature whose personality, body, and life story evolve across exhibitions, what Cheng calls “art with a nervous system.”

The Tell – Tale Heart
Inspired by the distinctive narrative of Edgar Allan Poe‘s short story The Tell-Tale Heart, the...
12 Mar 2015 - 17 Apr 2015
Ian Cheng: Forking At Perfection
The work of the American artist Ian Cheng (b. 1984) explores the nature of mutation and the capacity...
20 Feb 2016 - 16 May 2016
The concept of “Overpop” comes from Jeffrey Deitch – who has been advising Budi Tek and...
04 Sep 2016 - 15 Jan 2017
After Us
The exhibition explore how Chinese and international artists use surrogates, proxies, and avatars to...
17 Mar 2017 - 31 May 2017
Ian Cheng: Emissary Forks at Perfection. Selected Works from the Collection
For his solo show at the Espace Louis Vuitton the artist presents his seminal work, “Emissary Forks...
24 May 2018 - 17 Mar 2019
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Galleries in London
Gladstone 64
Galleries in New York