This Publication is the catalogue of Jensen Tjhung's exhibition at Gertrude in 2007.
Emerging artist Jensen Tjhung’s diverse practice has reflected 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 Gertrude Contemporary, Un-Sunken lounge was 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 created a sculptural installation replicating a portion of this opulent sunken lounge. The resulting sawn-off extraction was displayed as a freestanding cross section, replete with moss and weeds that have gathered over time as the memory aged. Out of the mythology surrounding such high rolling extravagance a jungle grew. 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 occupied the entire Front Gallery of 200 Gertrude Street, inviting viewers to peer into the mess and reflect on the state of their own imaginings.
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