ling meng is a young chinese artist based in shanghai. interestingly, he has worked as a software developer for two years after getting a bachelor's degree in computer science, and he continued to pursue a postgraduate education in australia. upon his return to his native china he started a career in advertising and eventually became a digital art director at leagas delaney in his hometown. but meng is still very much flexing his creative muscle on a personal level, and this has led to his current exhibition – mind you, it's his very first solo show – at diesel art gallery in tokyo. entitled specimens of time, and curated by kimiko mitani woo, it features meng's entire collection of nature elements, such as plants, flowers, and ore and soil samples, all preserved in a way to capture a specific moment. as a result the collected materials are imaginitively presented, crossing over into the field of art direction. this presentation is supplemented by meng's previous typography and graphic design works, and installation piece [on through may 22]. location: diesel shibuya, cocoti building, 1-23-16-b1 shibuya [shibuya].