Apocalypse Wow

Let’s play a quick game of word association: zombies, the archangel Gabriel, monkeys, and the London Financial Times stock listings. Go!

If you’re totally flummoxed, you’re clearly not familiar with Chinese-British artist Gordon Cheung. This creative cat doesn’t just mix media – imagine art that combines traditional Japanese ink brushwork with collage, photographic transfers, and acrylic and spray paint – he combines entire art movements, juxtaposing renaissance-style portraits of Adam and Eve alongside post-apocalyptic urban landscapes, all atop the distinctive pink canvas of London’s Financial Times.

“Cheung’s multi-media art captures the hallucinations between the virtual and actual realities of a globalized world oscillating between Utopia and Dystopia,” his Web site reads. “Spray paint, oil, acrylic, pastels, stock listings, and ink collide in his works to form epic techno-sublime vistas.”

Intrigued yet? We know we are. Which is why we plan to check out “Altered States: Paintings by Gordon Cheung from the Stephane Janssen Collection” – Cheung’s inaugural solo show in the U.S – at the ASU Art Museum.

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 9. Continues through April 10, 2010


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