Death by a Thousand Cuts, Gordon Cheung's stunning solo show, features massive floor to ceiling paintings which draw you in to a post-apocalyptic world where layers of meaning unravel the longer you look. Two newly commissioned works are exhibited with two complimentary works providing a panorama of Cheung's dark visions which interrogate power systems, belief systems and our obedience to them.
Financial Times stock listings form the foundations of all Cheung's work. The listings represent the intangible economic realm that governs our lives yet is beyond our comprehension, much like a God or higher power. On these foundations Cheung plays out his concerns about our contemporary world and the possible corruption of our lives by ever advancing technologies. The complex paintings are created from a meticulously considered collision of stock listings, ink, spray paint, acrylic, and pastel.
For his new works, Cheung focuses on China. Death by a Thousand Cuts ' a playful dark reference to the cut/paste techniques Cheung employs and the torturous form of execution used in China up to 1905 ' is Cheung's response to China as potentially the next superpower, its affect on the world order and how its socialism is mutating into socialist capitalism. These issues are captured through the use of Chinese propaganda images, acrobats and ideas of B-horror zombie movies.