Eric Chan

This is America, 2018
Oil painting on reclaimed wood
11 x 13 in (27.94 x 33.02 cm)
Eric Chan (b. 1988, Connecticut) is a self-taught visual artist specializing in ink line drawing and oil painting on wood panels. He currently resides in Seattle with his husband Dan and co-runs Haskett Works, a design studio and fabrication workshop. He previously worked in book publishing, and began painting portraits inspired by a cultural shift and industry rift in embracing queer diverse and inclusive characters and narratives in fantasy, historical, genre, and science fiction. His artwork embraces an unorthodox combination of traditional Asian, Classical Western, and contemporary American visual elements and styles - a reflection of his mixed Cantonese and Korean heritage juxtaposed with a queer, second-generation immigrant American disposition. Chan prefers exhibits and creative opportunities that are intentionally and actively structured towards recognizing, dismantling, and redefining oppressive and exclusive institutional systems and cultural norms. "Based on Childish Gambino’s 2018 music video “This is America” (written and performed by Donald Glover, directed by Hiro Murai) - lyrics and visuals intersect and diverge wildly in a chaotic juxtaposition of themes and scenes of gun violence, police brutality, protest, Black history, diaspora, dance, and the commodification of Black culture. In the artist’s interpretation, Glover resembles a Hindu deity, bearing multiple arms in his multiple arms (including a Japanese katana) flanked by stars and stripes and a Chinese translation of the song title 這是美國. This haphazard use of Asian cultural images reflects America’s historical and ongoing perception of Asian identity as monolithic, exotic, and foreign."
This is America by Eric Chan

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