My current work riffs on various character types juxtaposing self-portraiture landscape and still life painting. In “SuperChan” a super hero is depicted embedded into his couch seemingly after a long day at the office. Golden Boy reveals the cross-section of a head that is both technical drawing and self-help chart revealing a collection of neuroses competing for equal time reacting to some off screen camera cue. In “Hip-topia” the reverse is true and the figures are all outward appearances and on display becoming giant bloated caricatures of themselves with tattoos porn-star like moustaches while multi-tasking with beer, lattes and must have portable devices.
Using a frenetic web of lines along with diluted watery paints my work depicts scenes with a cast of recurring characters drawn from child hood memories and consumer pop culture. In these works human endeavors are swallowed up by the effluence of daily existence as strange uncanny beings loom and merge in and around their surroundings. Whether painted drawn or sculpted these representations are usually set in some form of recognizable urban landscape where the viewer is plunged voyeuristically mid-scene and asked to fill in the blanks.
Artist Bio / CV
ANDREW CHAN (www.AndrewChanArt.com) Australian artist Andrew Chan has a B.A. in Architecture from RMIT in Melbourne and an M.A. in art from NYU. Based in New York since 1999, he has received grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and his work been featured in TIME, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and on CNN. In 2011 his work can be seen at the Bronx Museum as part of Aim 30 and at Randall’s Island where he has installed a 15foot high sculpture on the grounds. His essay on TV cooking shows as pornography is included in The Gastronomica Reader (University of California Press, Feb. 2010) and was presented at the College Arts Association conference in Chicago and at the Gourmet Voice conference in Cannes.