Andrew Chan

Andrew Chan

Born in Australia / Works in Bushwick, NY
BIO
Born in Australia, Andrew Chan has a B.A. in Architecture and an M.A. from New York University. He now lives in New York since 1999 and has received grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts and a residency at The Lower East Side Print Shop. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and CNN. He has exhibited at the Bronx Museum’s AIM 30 Biennial and at Randall’s Island Sports Center. His essay “TV cooking shows as pornography” is included in The Gastronomica Reader and was presented at the CAA conference in Chicago and at the inaugural Gourmet Voice food conference in Cannes France 2004.
My art is inspired by consumerism, pop culture, childhood memories, and my experiences living in Hong Kong, New York, Melbourne, and Paris. Paintings, drawings, and sculptures are populated by characters such as a pissed-off Mr. Softee, dinosaur-riding cowboys, Bushwick hipsters fetishizing authenticity, Space Jesus, and T. Rex rappers. Voyeuristic scenes depict passions, frustrations, and appetites. Paintings combine thick encaustic paints with diluted oils and acrylics, in a simultaneous state of construction and deconstruction, hinting at an elusive emotional complexity. Writing is used as a structural element, like lines of graffiti or a (sub)text. My goal is to reveal the unseen essence of things and expose our fragmented way of experiencing the world, in a satirical, liberating form.
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