Zhiwan Cheung

Day of the Painter

Curatorial Project
2014
Most artist start out as painters. These artists view paintings within the contextualized history of painting, knowledge not easily afforded to the public. It is for this reason that many artists tend to turn away from painting towards a medium less entrenched in historical knowledge. The Day of the Painter aimed aimed to be an inquiry into how painting is viewed today through the lens of artist trained within the intellecutalized field of academic art yet outside the canon of painting.

For this show, I asked a variety of sculptors and multi-media artists to submit what they think painting is today for the public. The exhibition took part in Pittsburgh's "Unblurred: First Friday" art initiative, exposing the works to a wide variety of viewers. Dialogue between the audience and artists led to a fulfilling conversation into deeper issues about "what is art?" beyond the canvas through painting itself.

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