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. Disoriental Flavors (after Edward Said)
  2. Crocodile and Goose
  3. The Immortal Gold Rabbit
  4. Welcome To Jungle Florida
  5. Colorbound
  6. Birdcage
  7. Colonial White
  8. China White
  9. Hanging Fruit
  10. The Impossibility Of Home
  11. Reading the Rainbow
  12. Golden Heritage Living
  13. Good Vibrations
  14. Intergalactic Immigration Office
  15. Vibrating Pink Egg
  16. Skinny Dipping
  17. White Lie
  18. Who’s Afraid of Chinatown Orange?
  19. Homage To My Mother
  20. Movable Wave
  21. Portal
  22. Residues of a Past Performance
  23. Augmented Door
  24. Impermanent Infinity
  25. Expanded Field
  26. People Take Warning: Murder Ballads & Disaster Son …
  27. Day of the Painter
  28. Mines’ Eye
  29. Oedipal Art Wrestling
  30. I want to return to a time when life was simple. When a …
  31. I’M RESIGNING, I’M HEREBY OFICIALLY TENDERI …
  32. Longing for the stars, Longing for the moon
  33. Oh dear America, save our selves
  34. New World Order
  35. I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
  36. Bed Bath and Beyond
  37. In the Belly of the Beast
  38. All work and no play makes art a dull boy