Zhiwan Cheung

Birdcage

Vinyl, Steel, Aluminum, Haitian Flower, Tibetan Orange, Brazilian Tan, Porcelain Skin, Plantation Tan, Perfect Tan, Authentic Tan, Nile River, Kauai, Irish Folklore, Winter in Paris, Brooklyn, Echo Park, Fiji, Antigua, Aztec Sky, Yucatan, Mayan Treasure, El Capitan, Paris, Himalayan Poppy, Kilimanjaro, Polo Tan, Ethiopia, Fire Island, Dark As Night, China White, Colonial White, Ivory Beauty, Ming Dynasty White, Ivory Tower, Byzantine Blue, Americana, Capri Cream, Mexican Moonlight, Navajo Sand, Syrian Violet, Granada, Chinese Lantern, French Stripe Red, Cherokee Red, Peking Orange, Indian White, New Colonial Yellow, Krypton, Icelandic, Cosmos, Kilkenny, Cyberspace, Wall Street, Pueblo, American Anthem, China Pattern, Life Force, New Orleans, Ultra Pure White
32 x 32 x 28 inches
2017
Birdcage extends the physical representation of color in a sculpture made from vinyl wall/ flooring base-transition. Each vinyl is custom-spray-painted and together form an organic flowery object. These colors are the same ones found in my two channel video, Colorbound. At the core lies an aluminum cast of Mao Zedong’s book of writings, also known in the West as the Little Red Book. Placed in the center of the sculpture, the aluminum object is removed of its original meaning while surrounded by a multitude of color strips. Much like feminist philosopher Marilyn Frye’s description of metal wires in relation to the whole of a birdcage, the individual colors act as a “network of systematically related barriers, no one of which would be the least hindrance... but which, by their relations to each other, are as confining as the solid walls of a dungeon.”

Other Works


  1. Colorbound
  2. Birdcage
  3. Colonial White
  4. China White
  5. Hanging Fruit
  6. The Impossibility Of Home
  7. Reading the Rainbow
  8. Golden Heritage Living
  9. Good Vibrations
  10. Intergalactic Immigration Office
  11. Vibrating Pink Egg
  12. Skinny Dipping
  13. White Lie
  14. Who’s Afraid of Chinatown Orange?
  15. Homage To My Mother
  16. Movable Wave
  17. Portal
  18. Residues of a Past Performance
  19. Augmented Door
  20. Impermanent Infinity
  21. Expanded Field
  22. People Take Warning: Murder Ballads & Disaster Son …
  23. Day of the Painter
  24. Mines’ Eye
  25. Oedipal Art Wrestling
  26. I want to return to a time when life was simple. When a …
  27. I’M RESIGNING, I’M HEREBY OFICIALLY TENDERI …
  28. Longing for the stars, Longing for the moon
  29. what you don’t know can’t kill you
  30. We the People Want a Bad Romance
  31. Oh dear America, save our selves
  32. I…Not Everything Will Be Okay, But Some Things Will
  33. New World Order
  34. Life will go on as it has always gone on – that is
  35. In the Belly of the Beast
  36. I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
  37. I heard there was a revolution. Where do I sign up?
  38. Our forbidden fruit
  39. Bed Bath and Beyond
  40. The All-American
  41. This is water…this is water
  42. All work and no play makes art a dull boy