Altered States (solo show)
Paintings from the Stephane Janssen Collection
9 January - 20 April 2010
Friday Conversations @ 11am series on Jan 22
Spring Season Reception on Feb 19 from 7-9pm
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. Gordon Cheung 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.
He will also meet with students and classes while in Tempe.
Cheung earned his MA from the Royal College of Art in 2001. He
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.
The exhibition is curated by Heather S. Lineberry,
Interim Associate Director and Senior Curator, ASU Art Museum.
This exhibition and programs are generously supported by Stéphane
Janssen, Helme Prinzen Endowment, ASU Art Museum Advisory Board,
the British Council, Hampton Inn & Suites in Tempe and P.S.
Special thanks to Stephane Janssen and his curator, Ann
Sanchez; and retired ASU Art Museum Director Marilyn Zeitlin
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