Christiane Baumgartner, Gordon Cheung
, Michael Craig-Martin, Edmund de Waal, Dexter Dalwood, Ian Davenport, Richard Hamilton, Lisa Milroy, Julian Opie, Lisa Ruyter and Paul Winstanley
Michael Ashcroft | Matthew Atkinson | Gordon Cheung
| Sayshun Jay | Graham McNamara | David Northedge | Ed Payne | James Roper | Rob Sherwood | David Small | Andy Wicks | Rosalie Wiesner
British artist Gordon Cheung is featured at ASU Art Museum in Altered States: Paintings by Gordon Cheung from the Stéphane Janssen Collection, his first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum.
Born to Chinese parents and raised in the urban environment of London, Cheung's
works traverse cultures, juxtaposing images, symbols and ideas from a diverse range of sources: news and popular media, video games, graffiti, architecture and historical paintings.
Rather than focus on the original ideas presented in these sources, Cheung
repurposes these images to highlight contemporary issues such as ecological destruction and capitalism and consumerism gone awry.
At the same time, his
works include motifs found throughout his
prior work: oceans of numbers and financial data, and the bold use of color balanced alongside familiar contemporary images.
"I wasn't choosing these [sources] consciously due to their historical significance," says Cheung
, referencing some of the more recognizable paintings he's
drawn from, "but rather responding to the ideas in the works that I felt were relevant to contemporary times and the themes that underlie all my work."
Cheung's work combines collage, Japanese ink brushwork, photographic transfers, oil and spray paint on top of stock listings from the distinctively pink London Financial Times; the contrast of his
fantastical landscapes with streams of numbers seem harbingers of recent financial crises around the world.
The exhibition will feature selected paintings as well as four new video works by the artist.
will be in attendance at ASU Art Museum
to present a free lecture in the museum's Friday Conversations @11 series on Jan. 22, 2010.
will also meet with students and classes while in Tempe.
Cheung earned his MA from the Royal College of Art in 2001.
currently lives and works in London.
The ASU Art Museum
is recognized for presenting groundbreaking contemporary artists and artforms, often in their first museum exhibition.
Gordon Cheung is an artist whose work captures the mood and values of our specific historical moment.
continues a long-standing artistic tradition of imagining the end of civilisation, a form of emotional and spiritual escape valve operated since man found a means to express himself.
searing visions of a civilisation veering disastrously off course, into the abyss of spectacle and consumption, moral and intellectual bankruptcy, has never felt more relevant than at the present time, when global ideologies are shifting at a rapid rate, fanned by economic and environmental crises.
Perhaps more alarming is the `post-political' resignation which accompanies these wider developments, and the general consensus of the contemporary mass media that the return of religion has emerged as the most important factor in global politics and culture today.
prophetic visions, underpinned by spiritual and utopian yearning, Cheung
finds a compressed sign for these economic, political and spiritual crises.
is a William Blake for our times.
Conroy/Sanderson, Gordon Cheung
, He Chengyao, Jonathan Baldock, Rachel Goodyear, Wang Jun, Zheng Li
We will be exhibiting a mix of post-apocalytic visions, melting landscapes and video installations by artists Gordon Cheung
, Gayle Chong Kwan and Suki Chan at the New Loon Fung restaurant.
New Loon Fung (42-44 Gerrard Street) 7pm-11.30pm, Art Exhibition: Gordon Cheung
, SUki Chan, Gayle Chong Kwan
2005 © Gordon Cheung
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