The fluidity of culture has long interested Anchorage multi-media artist Thomas Chung, a third-generation American of Chinese heritage who grew up in Hong Kong and New York and is now an assistant professor of painting at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Chung uses his work to reach beyond words to illustrate, celebrate and mourn the human experience. He is particularly interested in how history and culture confront contemporary realities and integration as a survival mechanism.
Chung says that underlying the political aspects that appear in his work is a search for what the universal ideas, archetypes, traits and desires that make us human.
Always strongly connected to painting and drawing, Chung’s body of work blends satire and mysticism through performance, large-print photography, installation and sculpture. The large-scale paintings in this exhibition encapsulate cultural motifs from a variety of cultures and experiences.
This exhibition is presented as part of the Patricia B. Wolf Solo Exhibition Series with support from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Anchorage Museum Foundation Alaska Airlines Silver Anniversary Fund.