Based in Oakland, CA, Jeffrey Cheung joins us for his debut solo venture at the gallery. Closer at Hashimoto Contemporary 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.
An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 7th from 6pm-9pm.