Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present “Closer”, an exhibition featuring new paintings and works on paper by Jeffrey Cheung. Based in Oakland, CA, Cheung joins us for his debut solo venture at the gallery. The show introduces a playful series of figurative explorations that address themes of personal identity through bold color and simplified form.
Jeffrey Cheung’s acrylic paintings engage the viewer as both abstract portraiture and intimate representations of desire. For “Closer”, the artist focuses on the physical interactions and affections between men. The figures prevalent throughout the work are exuberant in their movement, typically embracing one another with meandering arms. Oftentimes identical in appearance, these male nudes are rendered in a simplistic manner and energetic color palette. Cheung's compositions closely hug each figure, abstracting their movements on the canvas and further exaggerating their playfully-contorted positions. In response to heteronormative erotic art, the work re-examines gender norms and provides an empowering celebration of human connection.
In addition to painting, Cheung’s figures are also given life through various mediums on paper. “Closer” will feature four fragmented collages alongside a group of small ink drawings and Risograph prints. Achieved in the same minimal fashion as their acrylic counterparts, these works on paper examine different scenarios of emotional and physical expression. By way of this delicate and changeable material, Cheung responds to recent experiences and observations.
Please join us for “Closer”, opening Saturday, January 7, with an evening reception from 6pm-9pm, where the artist will be in attendance. This exhibition will be on view through Saturday, January 28. For more information, additional images, or exclusive content, please email us at email@example.com