Conceptual Art

Colin Chinnery

United Kingdom 1971

Conceptual Art

Colin Chinnery
Colin Chinnery
United Kingdom
February 26, 2015
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Colin Chinnery is a multimedia artist who makes conceptual works, characterized by their wry humor, linguistic references, and wordplay.

Chinnery was born in 1971 in Edinburgh, Scotland. From 1992 to 1995 he was part of the experimental rock band ‘Xue Wei’. From 1998 to 2002 he contributed to the International Dunhuang Project at the British Library, and then he continued to be the Arts Manager of the British Council in Beijing until 2006.

He initiated large projects in sound art, theatre, and live art, bringing a wider audience into contact with experimental practices. Following that, he was the Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Beijing’s Ullens Center for the Arts until 2008. While in this position, he was instrumental in organising China’s first major contemporary art institution. In 2009 he was the Director of the ShContemporary Art Fair in Shanghai.

Chinnery, who is also an active curator and critic, is interested in the exhibition as a medium for conveying meaning: his solo exhibitions are frequently comprised of individual works that employ repetition, ambiguity, and contradictory elements, installed in such a way as to suggest patterns or visual relationships. Chinnery also uses his practice to look critically at individual and group identity, social habits and conventions.

He currently is the Artistic Director of the Wuhan Art Terminus (W.H.A.T), a contemporary art institution under development in Wuhan, China, and is the Director of the Multitude Art Prize, a pan-Asian art award and international conference.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2003-2015ParalinearPékin Fine Arts, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2003-2015I Want What You Want Pékin Fine Arts, BeijingGroup
2003-2015Propitiation, Liu Wei + Chen Haoyu (I used the name Chen Haoyu)Taikang Top Space, 798 Art District, BeijingGroup
2003-2015Disembedding Thousand Plateaus Art Space, BeijingGroup
2003-2015NONO, New Works by 11 Chinese Contemporary Artists Long March Space, BeijingGroup
2003-2015Shu: Reinventing Books in Chinese Contemporary Art China Institute, New YorkGroup
2003-2015Beyond: 2nd Guangzhou Triennial Guangdong Museum of ArtGroup
2003-2015Pandora's Boxes Rochester University Gallery, Rochester, USAGroup
2003-2015Incest I-IV Platform China, BeijingGroup
2003-2015It Is I Pingyao International Photography Exhibition, Beijing-Tokyo Art Projects, BeijingGroup
2003-2015Water-Knife Zaoban Culture, 706 Factory, BeijingGroup
2003-2015Fade Out 798 Space, BeijingGroup
2003-2015Overspill Yen Club, BeijingGroup
2003-2015Ganji Shangri-La Art Centre, BeijingGroup
2003-2015Xray Art Centre Inaugural ShowXray Art Centre, BeijingGroup