Barbara West at the Brewery
620 Moulton Ave #110 . Los Angeles . California . 90031
For Immediate Release
Contact Teale Hatheway
Ching Ching Cheng
June 9 – August 4, 2012
Opening: June 13, 2012, 6-8 pm
Barbara West at the Brewery is pleased to present “Apparatus” a selection of recent works by Ching Ching Cheng. The show will be on view at Barbara’s at the Brewery from June 9 through August 4, 2012.
Cheng has been interested in science and engineering since she was little. Every summer break during junior high school she would visit and help out at her father’s factory in Taiwan. Hanging out at the factory is one of her fondest childhood memories. Cheng found that she couldn’t stop watching and trying to figure out how the giant mechanical factory devices worked. Every part of each machine connected to another massive machine, moving and working smoothly together, just like a human body.
While studying the human form in school, Cheng came see it as an incredible machine. Similar to the wonder that her father’s machines made her feel as a child, the body came to fascinate her. Specific parts of the human form such as organs, the brain, and the way bodies perceive the world around them became the focus of her work.
In Cheng’s world, the brain is a cognitive camera, and each blink of the eye captures a fragment of a memory. Old books carry with them a history of not only the information within them but also the trajectory of where the book has been. By gluing each page of a book together in order to form a carvable foundation for her sculptures, Cheng has secured the memories collected in the history of the book. Similarly, Cheng’s paintings of car engines are organic representations of blood vessels, fluids and movements, blurring the line between man and machine.
Barbara West at the Brewery is a series of rotating exhibitions, developed by Teale Hatheway, taking place at Barbara’s, the restaurant/bar hidden in the heart of the Brewery Arts Complex. The Brewery is considered the world’s largest live-work arts complex with an estimated 500 resident and day-use artists representing every field of creation. Barbara’s provides a welcoming environment for artists, art lovers, musicians, writers and business people to meet, exchange ideas and cut a little loose. As a curatorial project, Barbara West at the Brewery provides a forum for resident and non-resident artists who are actively pursuing creative development. Additional information about Barbara West at the Brewery can be found by visiting us on ArtSlant.com.
Directions: From North Main Street, turn South onto Moulton Avenue. Turn left into the second driveway on the left, onto the Brewery property. Barbara's is the yellow building directly ahead of you with the neon "open" sign. Parking is free.