Jason Phu’s first solo exhibition at STATION continues his investigation into the use of humour as a device to explore experiences of cultural dislocation through drawing, painting and performance.
I was born under a stone mountain, presents a series of paintings that draw together, sometimes contradictory, references from traditional ink paintings and calligraphy to mass-produced objects, personal narratives and historical events.
The artist’s new suite of works are derived from a playful stream of consciousness that imagines living under a mountain for 100,000 years, sitting in the darkness and suckling, ‘on the roots of great trees that would find their way under the mountain’.
In his exhibition, Jason re-imagines poetic observations of every day vernacular and cultural identity to traverse contemporary and historical traditions.
About the artist: Jason Phu (b. 1989, Sydney) lives and works in Sydney and Melbourne. He studied at the College of Fine Arts UNSW and in Nova Scotia and Beijingm, and is currently part of the Gertrude Contemporary Studio Program, Melbourne.