Un-Sunken Lounge

Jensen Tjhung

Art Exhibition previously on at Gertrude Contemporary in Australia. Published by anonymous on Wednesday 19 September 2007. Friday 13 April 2007 to Saturday 12 May 2007.

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Emerging artist Jensen Tjhung’s diverse practice reflects the schizophrenia of his generation. Tjhung’s drawings, sculptures and large-scale installations present distorted memories and damaged impressions of his surrounds.

Tjhung’s work at GCAS, Un-Sunken lounge is based entirely on an image that he saw in a magazine as a teenager. The image featured Don King’s 1980s penthouse apartment, furnished in excess. Working entirely from this memory Tjhung has created a sculptural installation replicating a portion of this opulent sunken lounge. The resulting sawn-off extraction is displayed as a freestanding cross section, replete with moss and weeds that have gathered over time as this memory has aged.

Out of the mythology surrounding such high rolling extravagance a jungle has grown. As Tjhung describes, the installation reveals “moments of depravity and drug-induced spot fires that have left trails of moss that creep through to the rotting framework below.”

Tjhung’s full-scale installation will occupy the entire Front Gallery of GCAS, inviting viewers to peer into the mess and reflect on the state of their own imaginings.