Zhiwan Cheung

The All American

The All-American

Wood, paint, boxing gloves, found altar books
63 x 17 x 12 inches
At a yard sale I found what appeared to be two altar books, which someone had glued open at the center with the remaining pages cemented shut. The opened pages of both books contained religious writing. By chance, one of the books’ hardcover bindings fell off, revealing that under the façade of an altar book laid a Tom Clancy novel: these apparent altar books were actually made from discarded novels.

A boxing glove hangs from one altar book, while the Tom Clancy novel peeks out from its altar book guise on the floor. The issues of violence and religion, both defining features of America’s past and present history, are exhibited on a Chinatown Orange painted wood panel.

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 …
  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