Carl Cheng

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Born: 1942 San Francisco

Lives and works in Santa Monica, CA


1967        MA, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
1964-5     Graduate Study: Folkwang School of Art, Essen, Germany
1963        BA, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
1962        University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

SELECTED Solo Exhibitions

2016       Nature is Everything – Everything is Nature, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA
2006       Human Rock, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
2000       Nature Observed/Technical Assist, Sculpture Center, New York City, NY
               1+1+1=1, Leal Selado Art Gallery, Macao, China
1997       Quality of Light, Cornwall, England
1991      25 Year of John Doe Co, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
              Solid Rain, Rancho Santiago College, Santa Ana, CA
1989       66 % Water, Capp Street Projects, San Francisco, CA
1988       Water Project, ASG Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
               Impressions, Invisible Sculpture, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
1985       Sound Drop, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA   
1984       Moving Appearance, Polaris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA        
               Shifting Sand, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
               Recent Work, St. Polaris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1983       Black Lake & Water Mind Play, Arco Center for Visual Art, Los Angeles, CA           
1982       Alternative TV, Berkeley, CA
1980       12 to 5, ASG Foundation Gallery, Nagoya, Japan   
               Natural Museum of Modern Art, Santa Monica, CA
1977       Water Projects, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
1976       Black Lake, Santa Monica, CA
1971      Emergency Nature Supply, Osaka, Japan
1970       Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


SELECTED Group Exhibitions

2018    3D: Double Vision, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2017    Soil Erosion, Altman Siegel, San Francisco, CA
2014    The Photographic Object, 1970, Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY
2011    Photography into Sculpture, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA
2009    Installations: Armory Center for the Arts.20th Ann. Exhibition, Pasadena, CA
2001    Infinity, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
2000    Millennium Show, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA
1998    Organic Laboratory Museum, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
1997    COLA: Individual Artist Grant Exhibition, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
            Turbulent Landscapes, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
1996    Investigations, Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA
1994    5th Biennale, Curated by L. Llanes-Godoy, Havana, Cuba.
1993    3rd International Biennale in Nagoya - ARTEC'93, Nagoya Art Museum, Japan
            The Nature of the Machine, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
1992    Chinese Artists from California, Leal Selado Art Museum, Macao      
            Proof: Los Angeles Art Photograph 1960–1980, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
1990    Art from the Exploratorium, World Financial Center, New York, NY (traveling exhibition)
1989    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)
1988    Studio Artist Exhibition, The CLOCKTOWER, New York, NY
1989    Art in Motion, Wake Forest Fine Art Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
1984    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)
1981    Photo-fusion, Pratt Manhattan Center Gallery, New York, NY (catalog)
1976    Photo/Synthesis, Herbert Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
1975    Sounds, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
1975    Erosions & Environmental Changes, Baxter Art Gallery, Caltech, Pasadena, CA
1970    Photography into Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1969    Vision and Expression, George Eastman House of Photography, Rochester, NY
1968    Technology Giveaway by John Doe Co., Art & Technology Festival, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
1966    Photography, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN


2011    Ghost Fish 107, Port of Los Angles, San Pedro, CA
2010   Aerial Plaza, The Promenade, Long Beach, CA
2005   Underwater Cafe, Santa Monica Library, Santa Moncia, CA
2004    20 year Master Art Plan, Port of Los Angeles, CA
2002    Centennial Square, Pasadena, CA 
2001    Community Island Pond, Pier 11, New York, NY
2000    Everglades Trespass, Pembroke Pines Library Project, Broward County, FL
2000    Friendship Acrobatic Troupe, Sony Exploration Museum, Beijing, China in conjunction with Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
1996    Museum of Space Information, Metro Rail Station, MTA, Los Angeles, CA     
1996   Tilted Landscape, located at Tempe Library and Arts Center. Tempe, AZ
1994   Sheriff's Facility; San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA
1991   Water Lens Tower, Kaiser-Permanente Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
1988   Santa Monica Art Tool, Santa Monica, CA
1980    Seattle Underwater, Seattle, WA


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