Gordon Cheung 張逸斌 | Fearful symmetry 可畏的對稱
financial newspaper, wood glue, varnish and ink on fiberglass with internal armature
signed (front left paw)
220 by 70 by 60 cm
220 x 70 x 60 公分
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CONCEPT OF ARTWORK
The orange tiger stripes are made of stock market numbers from a financial newspaper and the black stripes are from ink. The numbers represent Capitalism, connecting the exploitation of nature for financial gain against the 21st century's urgent existential questions of how will we ensure the survival of our habitat that relies on the ecosystems that Capitalism has eroded. The sculpture also playfully refers to the 'Tiger Economies' of Asia and its title to William Blake's 'The Tyger'.
ABOUT GORDON CHEUNG (UK)
Born in London to Chinese parents, contemporary multi-media artist Gordon Cheung has developed an innovative approach to making art, which blurs virtual and actual reality to reflect on the existential questions of what it means to be human in civilisations with histories written by victors. Cheung raises questions and critiques the effects of global capitalism, its underlying mechanisms of power on our perception of identity, territory and sense of belonging. These narratives are refracted through the prisms of culture, mythology, religion, and politics into dreamlike spaces of urban surreal worlds that are rooted in his in-between identity.