Gordon Cheung (solo show)
Preview: Tues 5 Feb 2008
Welcome to collapsing buildings, graffiti covered ruins and
neon palm trees in overgrown phosphorescent pools that occupy
Gordon Cheung’s epic landscapes devoid of humans wrenched
open with chasms and craters. Cheung’s complex material
combinations and images resonate with universal themes and
archetypes of Paradise, Earth and the Underworld. Cheung’s
monochromatic sepia images evoke a nostalgic sentiment but
he aggressively blasts this comfort zone with luminous voids
of spray paint as if scorching open a virtual dimension.
The paintings tap into the collective archetypes of the unconscious
where ancient mythological vistas merge with the contemporary
technological world. They intentionally blur the lines of
fiction and reality so that in this liminal space we question
our habitual perceptions of reality. Think Matrix –
the entire world as a computer construct – crossed with
David Lynch’s dream spaces, the multiplicating realities
in the sci-fi novels of Philp K. Dick and the urban surreal
dystopias of J.G. Ballard’s fictions, and you have the
cultural background of Cheung’s paintings.
Cheung graduated from the Royal College of Art, 2001, exhibits
internationally and was in the largest and most ambitious
survey of recent developments in art from the UK; The British
Art Show 6 and The John Moores Painting 24. He was commissioned
for a Laing Art Solo Award (Selected by Susan May), July 2007.
Cheung will also have solo shows on at the Chinese Arts Centre,
Manchester and Alan Cristea Gallery London in January 2008.
Cheung's works are in international public and private collections
including the Hirshhorn Museum, Whitworth Museum, ASU Art
Museum and UBS Collection. Further information can be found
With thanks to the Elspeth and Imogen Tuner Collection for
the loan of Gordon Cheung's paintings.
Merseyside L32 8RR
Mon & Fri 9.15-5.00pm
Tues & Thurs 9.15-7.00pm
For further information please contact:
Knowsley Arts Service on 0151 443 5617