Home Fires is a series of short conversations between Edel Assanti's artistic director Jeremy Epstein and gallery artists, discussing a recent or ongoing body of work. The conversations address inspiration, research and studio process, whilst framing individual works within a broader context of each artist's practice. In the conversation, Gordon Cheung discusses Home, his 2020 installation from his last exhibition at Edel Assanti, Tears of Paradise.
Made from layered newspaper and bamboo, Cheung’s window installation Home refers to homes in China with traditional window lattice designs that were demolished due to rapid urbanisation. The sculpture hovers between states of being, suggesting a ghost architecture that would have supported the windows. They act as a demarcation between the march of unstoppable progress, and the framework of identity, history and culture that define the individual. Home appeared in Cheung’s fourth solo show with the gallery, Tears of Paradise. This exhibition was the latest in a series in which Cheung witnesses and interprets events surrounding the emergence of China as a twenty-first century global superpower.