Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present Tangle, a solo exhibition by Oakland, CA based artist Jeffrey Cheung. Tangle will be Cheung’s third solo exhibition at Hashimoto Contemporary, in which he utilizes a bold color palette and intertwining nude figures to explore themes of queerness, identity and intersectionality. For his latest body of work, Cheung is continuing his exploration and celebration of themes of queer love and identity as well as body positive imagery. The figures represented in the artists work refuse to adhere to gender norms and expectations, re-examining and re-contextualizing normative notions of gender.
Many of the works in Tangle were made during the artists time at the Bed Stuy Art Residency in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NYC. While at the residency, Cheung focused primarily on oil pastels and drawings, exploring techniques of line making and abstraction. The figures represented in these work overlap and intertwine, creating organic shapes which tangle into one another. Contorted repetitive figures merge into fluid shapes, serving as a visual reminder that we are all one and create powerful messages of positivity and acceptance. The semi-abstracted, simplistically rendered figures are exuberant and playful, full of movement and life. By doing so, Cheung illustrates a positive and empowering representation of what it means to be connected as humans.
Please join us Saturday, September 7th from 6pm - 8pm for the opening reception of Tangle. The artist will be in attendance. The gallery will be releasing a new limited edition print of Tangle II (pictured) with the artist in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition. The print will first be available exclusively in person at the opening, with remaining copies of the edition to be released online at hashimotocontemporary.com the week following the opening.
In addition, Hashimoto Contemporary will be hosting a Unity pop-up for the duration of Tangle, selling skateboard decks, apparel and additional merchandise. Unity is a project co-founded by Jeffrey Cheung, which aims to represent, support and create a safe place for queer skaters.