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. 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