Falls Church, Virginia
Luke Luokun Cheng is an artist and digital designer working in diverse media including installation, imagery, and performance. Through his perspective as a queer Chinese immigrant in the U.S., he magnifies private poignancies to tease apart the boundaries of intimacy and alienation within global power structures. He draws from his experience designing social software to shape his pieces as sites of interactive possibility, while his background in large-format film portraiture informs a quiet, deliberate approach. Cheng has exhibited at Assembly Room in New York and was a member of NEW INC. He holds a BSE from Princeton University; was born in Jiangxi, China; and grew up in Virginia.
Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2020
My practice concerns itself with yearning and poignancy in the context of power. I seek to both transcend and consume the ontologies of Euro-American modernity so that I may understand what stories to build amidst its rubble.”