Gordon Cheung,The Four Riders, 2009
3 screen adaption of a 4 screen work, HD video with sound
Courtesy of the artist and Edel Assanti, London
Gordon Cheung’s work captures the mood of the global collapse of civilisation where moral, economic and environmental crises have spun out of control. The Four Riders (2009) presents cowboys endlessly riding bucking bulls. The riders are a romantic image associated with pioneering spirit as well as an allegory for our hostile relationship with the environment. The figures’ constant movement combines man and bull, creating a contemporary minotaur, an analogy of the financial ‘bull market’ and extreme corporate being.
Gordon Cheung is of Hong Kong origin and born in London 1975 where he lives and works.
Cheung’s multi-media art capture the hallucinations between the virtual and actual realities of a globalised world oscillating between Utopia and Dystopia. Spray paint, oil, acrylic, pastels, stock listings and ink collide in his works to form epic techno-sublime vistas.
Cheung graduated from the Royal College of Art, 2001 and whilst a student he instigated and was the organiser of 'Assembly' exhibiting 172 MA art graduates in 2 disused Victorian school buildings.
He 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. 2009 solo shows include 'The Promised Land', Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, 'Art in the Age of Anxiety' Volta NYC, New York and 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse', The New Art Gallery Walsall UK. Cheung's first US solo museum exhibition was at the Arizona State University Art Museum in 2010. Forthcoming is a London solo show at Edel Assanti gallery in Oct 2012. In 2013 he will have a major solo show in Hong Kong.
Cheung's works are in international collections including the Hirshhorn Museum, Whitworth Museum, ASU Art Museum, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Hiscox Collection, Progressive Arts Collection, UBS Collection and the Gottesman Collection.