ZHOU MENG

As an artist my work addresses issues of ecology, cultural heritage and notions of transition and transformation. Working across media including installation, moving image, painting and sculpture my work examines human responsibilities to the cultural and ecological environment.

Working with found materials, natural curiosities, traditional and more modern media, my work aims to create spaces of contemplation which foreground the human/environmental connections upon which our lived worlds rely. I am interested in borrowing, bricolage and pastiche. The works that I create are composites drawn from a combination of dreamscapes, material culture and myth, always oscillating between figuration and abstraction.

Drawing on mythologies and folklore my work addresses the impacts of ecology, cultural heritage and tradition on modern subjectivities. Shared human heritage and our responsibilities to one another and to the planet are at the heart of the work that I produce. I am interested in drawing out those moments of conversation and of conflict between tradition and modernity which help to illuminate where we are now.

Accident and the unexpected invariably inform the direction of my work. I envisage each interaction with materials as a kind of journey rather than a translation of form and am constantly drawn back to the tactile nature of my materials .

STUDIO

Meng Zhou

1992 Born in Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China

Education:

2016-2018 MA Moving image, Royal College of Arts, London, UK

2013-2016 BA Painting, Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK

Solo Exhibitions:

2018 Bafeng, Liangshe China, Shanghai, CN

2018 Defibrillation, United Art Museum, Wuhan, CN

2017 Overtone, Art Night, St George in the East, London, UK

2016 0.064g, OXO Tower Gallery, London, UK

2015 Loner, Art Space Bund 22, Shanghai, CN

Group Exhibitions:

2019

Continuous Regeneration, Columbia Circle, Shanghai, CN

Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK

The Rite of Spring, Art 021 Fair, Shanghai, CN

The Phenomenon, The Quantum Gallery, Shanghai, CN

Art West Lake, International Ink Wash Fair, Hangzhou, CN

Art Laguna Prize, Arsenale of Venice, Venice, IT

Neko No Koi, Royal College of Music, London, UK

Here, The Oculus, World Trade Center, New York City, US

West China Center of Medical Sciences & Red Art Museum, Chengdu, CN

Personal Structures, GAA Foundation, Venice, IT

OGA, Ospizio Giovani Artisti, Roma, IT

2018

Lotus Eaters, Triton st Regent’s Place, London, UK

Ink Painting as a Cultural Gesture, Dingyuan International Art Center, Beijing, CN

Mei Exhibition, Shanghai Himalaya Museum, Shanghai, CN

United Art Museum Collection Exhibition, Wuhan, CN

Visions in the Nunnery, The Nunnery Gallery, London, UK

Travers Smith Art Program, London, UK

RCA Degree show, London, UK

Soapbox, Close-up Cinema, London, UK

EO VI, Axisweb Streetplayer, England Touring, UK

Totem and Taboo, Chelsea Arts Club, London, UK

Artrooms, the Meliã White House, London, UK

2017

Moving Image Finalist, National Open Art, London, UK

Super Young Finalist, Celeste Prize, Bargehouse, London, UK

Anonym, Florence Biennale, Fortezza da Basso – Padiglione Spadolini Florence, IT

VVS1, The Moon in the Mirror, PARTIA at Aintree University Hospital NHS Trust, Liverpool, UK

Core, Animotion, StrangeLove Festival, Folkestone, UK

WIP, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2016

20th National Open Art Winners' Exhibition, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK

Mr Lei Rain Rain Rain, National Open Art, Mercer's Hall, London, UK

In/Out, Camberwell Summer Show, Camberwell College of Art, London, UK

Landscape, Young Arts Academy Curates, Barbican Center, London, UK

2015

Kynam, UNIT, Dilston Grove&cafe Gallery, London, UK

Emptiness, Elysium, MMX Gallery, London, UK

2014

13 Pieces, Zheyao Wood-fire Ceramics Exhibition, Hangzhou, CN

2013

A Person's Kingdom, Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK

Selected Screenings

2018

Global Film Festival Awards, Los Angeles, CA, US

Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, Jadavpur Kolkata, West Bengal, IN

2017

Palena Film Festival, Via Trento e Trieste, 1 Palena, CH, IT

SIFF - Switzerland International Film Festival Aubonne 1170, SZ

Benicia Film Festival, Benicia, CA, US

Animation Day in Cannes, Cannes, FR

Berlin Flash Film Festival, Berlin, DE

Frostbite International Film Festival, Colorado Springs, CO, US

Artist Residencies

2019/5 Chateau d'Orquevaux

2019/3 Colab: Body and Place, Historic Collection

2018/9 Cill Rialaig Residency

Prizes

2019 Arte Laguna Prize: Finalist

2018 Arte Laguna Prize: Longlist

2017 Super Young Celeste Art Prize: Winner

2016 Cill Rialaig Residency Award: Winner

Artist Projects

Paprika Collective: www.paprika.org.uk

Speed Curating In Association With Chelsea Arts Club

RCA Degree Show for Tate Patron Collaboration