Zhiwan Cheung

Reading the Rainbow

Single Channel Video Installation
16:26 minutes
In “Reading the Rainbow,” multiple figures, painted in Chinatown Orange, interact with abstract shapes also painted in Chinatown Orange. Narrated over the film is a creation myth of Glidden Paints’ paint names. The myth covers a long list of colors, culminating with the birth of Chinatown Orange. These colors were chosen because their names contained words with specific cultural elements or referenced a particular place. Separating and segregating the list of colors, the myth pulls ideas from other creation myths and texts from Jacques Derrida’s “On the Name,” Johann Wolfgang von Gothe’s “Theory of Colours,” Maggie Nelson’s “Bluets,” and David Batchelor’s “Chromophobia.” In utilizing the language of body, place, and structure, the film becomes a metaphor for the difficulty in classification, categorization, and the act of naming.

  1. 2016-06-20-warhol ai weiwei-02Hanging Fruit
  2. IMG_7608 frontThe Impossibility Of Home
  3. Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 11.51.57 AM 1Reading the Rainbow
  4. PohGolden Heritage Living
  5. Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 5.05.02 PM (2)Good Vibrations
  6. Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 1.25.40 PM copyIntergalactic Immigration Office
  7. Vibrating Pink Egg
  8. Skinny Dipping
  9. White Lie
  10. Who’s Afraid of Chinatown Orange?
  11. Homage To My Mother
  12. Movable Wave
  13. Portal
  14. Residues of a Past Performance
  15. Augmented Door
  16. cheung_007Impermanent Infinity
  17. cheung_008Expanded Field
  18. Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 5.35.58 PMPeople Take Warning: Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs
  19. thumbDay of the Painter
  20. 2014-03-29-cameras-01Mines’ Eye
  21. Screen Shot 2014-08-09 at 6.59.02 PMOedipal Art Wrestling
  22. eternal boyPuer Aeternus
  23. I want to return to a time when life was simple. When all I knew about were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes.
  25. ZhiwanCheung06Longing for the stars, Longing for the moon
  26. what you dont know cant kill youwhat you don’t know can’t kill you
  27. We the people want a bad romanceWe the People Want a Bad Romance
  28. Untitled-1Oh dear America, save our selves
  29. Not-Everything-Will-Be-Okay-But-Some-Things-Will copyI…Not Everything Will Be Okay, But Some Things Will
  30. New-World-OrderNew World Order
  31. Life-will-go-on-as-it-has-always-gone-on-–-that-isLife will go on as it has always gone on – that is
  32. In-the-Belly-of-the-Beast copyIn the Belly of the Beast
  33. I’m-a-Yankee-Doodle-Dandy-v1I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
  34. I heard there was a revolution. Where do I sign upI heard there was a revolution. Where do I sign up?
  35. forbidden-fruit-v3Our forbidden fruit
  36. ZhiwanCheung16Bed Bath and Beyond
  37. The-All-AmericanThe All-American
  38. this is water v2 wpThis is water…this is water
  39. Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 5.59.55 PMAll work and no play makes art a dull boy