UCCA Beijing

“The New Normal” Artist Talk Series
Ma Jianfeng: The Logic of Sense


Location:  Nave
Language:  Chinese

In conjunction with the ongoing exhibition “The New Normal: China, Art, and 2017,” the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) invites select artists, curators, and guests to present an artist talk series where they together explore the efficacy of art in responding to today’s continuously evolving states of exception.

Color, shape, rhythm, energy, material…When layers of feelings clash and converge in the same space, could it give rise to a new system of sensory perception? As paintings and images leap out the two-dimensional surface of the cardboard and begin to transform in a three-dimensional spatial structure, has “painting” then adopted a new meaning, a bounded spontaneity? What role does space itself play in this shift? If Ma’s work X, on view in “The New Normal,” points to an ambiguous system of perception, allowing various elements to autonomously rehearse a fluid and theatrical play, then can we derive from this “ambiguity” an equally ambiguous “logic of sense”? From 2 to 3:30pm on 25 June 2017, UCCA invites artist Ma Jianfeng and “The New Normal” curators Yang Zi and Wang Wenfei for a conversation in the Pavilion of Exception (Nave) where they will together explore how space, material, and color affects an artist’s creative practice and our ways of seeing.

Ticketing: Free


*Collect your ticket from reception 45 minutes before the event begins;

*Please no late entry;

*Seating is limited, and tickets must be collected individually;

*Please keep mobile devices on silent.

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13:00-13:20 Ticket pick-up at the reception desk (for UCCA members who RSVPed)

13:20-13:50 Exclusive UCCA members-only guided tour

13:30-14:00 Ticket distribution at the reception desk (for UCCA members who didn’t RSVP and non-members)

14:00-15:30 conversation

*Please arrive promptly.


Ma Jianfeng

Ma Jianfeng (b. 1983, Zhejiang province) graduated from China Academy of Art in 2007 before earning his MFA from Berlin University of the Arts in 2012. He currently lives and works in Beijing. Ma incorporates abandoned materials and objects from everyday encounters into his work and disrupts their inherent order. Through reconstruction, assemblage, and reconfiguration, he creates painting installations that are theatrical sites of chaos and ambiguity to interrogate the politics of space. Recent solo exhibitions include “MA” (Ying Space, Beijing, 2016); “Shanghai Lady” (Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai, 2014); “The Wall” (Dong Gallery, Shanghai, 2013). Group exhibitions include “Never Arriving: OCAT Xi’an 2014 Summer Projects” (OCAT Xi’an, 2014).

Yang Zi

Yang Zi received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religious studies from Nanjing University and is currently a publications and exhibitions coordinator for UCCA. Yang Zi has worked in art criticism and curation for nearly ten years, starting with his participation in the YCCA project at UCCA in 2008, which introduced him to art criticism and writing. Prior to joining UCCA, Yang Zi was an editor of LEAP, and he has written extensively for a range of publications, including LEAP, Artforum China, Art Bank, and Art Time, among others. He acted as executive editor on a series of UCCA catalogues, including Wang Yin: The Gift, Liu Wei: Colors, Xu Zhen: A MadeIn Company Production, and Zeng Fanzhi: Parcours. His curatorial projects include “La Chair” (A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, 2016) and “Secret Chamber” (am Art Space, Shanghai, 2016).

Wang Wenfei

Wang Wenfei received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nanjing University. She specializes in visual theory and is particularly dedicated to interdisciplinary research methods. She is a regular contributor to Artforum China, LEAP, China Art Weekly, Art Monthly, Ray Sight, and Southern Weekend, among others. Wang is also a prolific translator who has worked on titles such as Démocratie, dans quel état? (SASS Press, 2015), and The Virtual Window (forthcoming). She is the co-author of World Film Locations: Shanghai (Intellect, 2014.)