Acrylic on Found Fabrics
14 x 14 inches
Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, 1998) and Hunter College (MFA, 2003), Eddie Chu has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, including group shows at Swiss Institute and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has been nominated for the Christoph Merian Stiftung residency (Basel, Switzerland), a Site95 residency at Galleria Páramo (Guadalajara, Mexico) and has received a KACAL honorarium. His work is included in collections around the country including the Microsoft Collection (Redmond, Washington). Chu currently lives and works in Brooklyn, where he participates in the emerging Bushwick and Ridgewood artist communities and is an active member of Bushwick Open Studios.
Chu’s painting is a a picture is a result of laboriously applied layers of thick acrylic paint, over reconstructed pieces of found fabrics. The sides of the painting are sliced to reveal the sedimentary layering, and revealing the process of picture-making and previously applied colors. The colors are picked randomly. The shapes are arrived at organically. The surface itself is intended to echo the accidental nature of the knife cuts on its sides. The final result is a picture that is both a boiling down of process to its base component parts, while also finding beauty and complexity out of it.
Chu recommends seeing the sides of all of his pictures, perhaps moreso than the fronts. The fronts of Chu’s pictures are often the byproducts of his process, and incidentally arrived at. Chu believes the sides of paintings often reveal the examination and exploration of artistic practice.