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. Survivors of a Lying Species
  2. Everything Is A Decaying Lump of Now
  3. Goose and Crocodile
  4. Disoriental Flavors (after Edward Said)
  5. The Immortal Gold Rabbit
  6. Welcome To Jungle Florida
  7. Colorbound
  8. Birdcage
  9. Colonial White
  10. China White
  11. Hanging Fruit
  12. The Impossibility of Home
  13. Reading the Rainbow
  14. Good Vibrations
  15. Intergalactic Immigration Office
  16. Vibrating Pink Egg
  17. Skinny Dipping
  18. White Lie
  19. Who’s Afraid of Chinatown Orange?
  20. Homage To My Mother
  21. Movable Wave
  22. Portal
  23. Augmented Door
  24. Impermanent Infinity
  25. Expanded Field
  26. People Take Warning: Murder Ballads & Disaster Son …
  27. Day of the Painter
  28. Oedipal Art Wrestling
  29. I’M RESIGNING, I’M HEREBY OFICIALLY TENDERI …
  30. Longing for the stars, Longing for the moon
  31. All work and no play makes art a dull boy