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. 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