Zhiwan Cheung

Colorbound

2-Channel Video Installation
6:34 minutes
2017
"Colorbound" is a two-channel video that draws from a chess term that describes pieces that can only ever visit squares of one color, such as a bishop. The video takes place in two locations: The Lacawac Sanctuary in Eastern Pennsylvania and the old Pittsburgh Post-Gazette building. In Lacawac, a lush forest green pervades the landscape, only to be punctured by a red figure. In contrast, the abandoned printing presses in a post-industrial factory show only the ghost of human presence. The scenes are spliced by cuts of monochromatic color field and its matching color name from Sherwin Williams, PPG, and Behr. Without a frame of reference to the origins of the names, the identities of each color exist as foreign characters from another world.

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  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