CLC Gallery Venture is established in 2019 in Beijing 798 Art District. The venture is the result of a partnership of three galleries, C5Art, C-Space and Space Local. The three partners shared an interest in and discovering and promoting emerging artists. CLC Gallery Venture has a 133 square meter exhibition space in the 798 Art District in Beijing and across the street from it, a 20 square meter experimental project space named C5CNM.

The program of CLC Gallery Venture focus on promoting a group of the most exciting emerging Chinese artists working within a range of different media. The gallery intends to support its artists at their early stages of development through exhibitions both at and outside the gallery as well as help them to promote their work in an international context. To achieve this CLC Gallery Venture will support them with projects in and outside China and on occasion invite artists from abroad to do projects in Beijing.

C5CNM is an experimental space located in 798 Art District in Beijing. It measures 4.75 by 5.25 meters and 3.5 meters in ceiling height. Its modest though beautiful proportions invite artists to conceive an exhibition as one singular art work. 

C5CNM is an art work in itself, in violation of the modernist orthodoxy of the white box. The spatial design by artist Jin Ningning is an interactive invitation like a gaming environment, in which artists find themselves realizing their ideas inside another’s framework, necessarily improvising in compliance or resistance to given conditions.

The present interdisciplinary scope of art allows overlapping identities and combining opposites. That this freedom is genuine and can become the foundational principle of a new type of exhibition. C5CNM embraces this plasticity and offers a compelling proposal to raise the stakes. The gallery space is itself a multifaceted and transformational artwork that mixes with the different occurrences that take place within, giving visual experience also an “acoustic” complexity.

Since its opening in Spring 2019 C5CNM has transitioned between exhibition space, live performance venue, and “air b-n-b gallery” for non-profits, and it is open to many more interpretations (functions). We hope this quest for unlimited freedom will attract creative individuals or collaboratives from beyond the field of visual art to produce works. We can not anticipate the forms this may take, but only look forward. 

C5CNM is free and open to the public 24/7. Visitors may enter the space by acquiring the electronic lock combination any time of the day or night and are welcome to spend time alone with the work.