Tiffany Chung: Scratching the Walls of Memory

When 4 Nov 2010 - 8 Jan 2011
Where Tyler Rollins Fine Art
529 W 20th St
New York, NY 10011
United States
Enquiry 212 229 9100

Berlin Wall, 2010, Embroidery, Painted Metal Grommets, And Button on canvas, Tiffany Chung. Courtesy of the artist and Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York

November 4, 2010 – January 8, 2011

Press Release:

For her second solo exhibition at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, taking place in November and December of 2010, Tiffany Chung will present her latest works inspired by maps of urban regions, featuring embroidery and appliques on canvas in addition to a number of works on paper. Chung has been fascinated with maps for many years, not only for their graphic possibilities but also for what they say about both our relation to the past and our visions of the future. Her exhibition, entitled scratching the walls of memory, explores the topographic after-images of some of the past century’s most traumatic conflicts.

Chung is considered to be Vietnam’s most prominent female contemporary artist. She is noted for her sculptures, videos, photographs, and performance work that use a pop aesthetic to conjure hyperreal visions which function as candy-colored doppelgangers to the more commonplace traumatic representations of Vietnam’s recent history.

Commenting on her new works, Chung writes: “My recent series of maps on canvas is process-oriented, poignantly examining important historical events of the 20th century caused by clashing ideologies that led to the tragic experiences of the Berlin Wall and Vietnam Conflict, as well as the horrific destructions of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, just to name a few. Each map involves my doing research, drawing layouts of old maps (from the periods of those traumatic events) on canvas, embroidering railways, roads and river systems. At the final stage I pierce holes on canvas and secure them with painted metal grommets and buttons one by one, mapping all areas with colored dots and eyelets. This painstaking process meditates on the memory and experience of trauma and tragedy, which leave mental scars in the human psyche – whether it’s a cessation of feeling, psychic closing off, or sensory panic.”

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