new-york

Ken Lum

Andrea Rosen Gallery

Ken Lum’s five large diptychs clone boisterous sign painting and on-location photographs of dubious folk heroes; each begs the question, “What’s wrong with this picture?” A local businessman ready to make a deal, a quartet of wannabe Jon Bon Jovis, a chainsaw-toting, cigarette-smoking redneck couple, prosperous Oriental real estate agents taking time for a quick snapshot, proud racially mixed parents and their darling daughter greeting a fuzzy pink pig promoting pizza—Lum draws us into these everyday fictions gone strange and slaps on captions that augment the slice-of-contemporary-life vignettes.

In Nancy Nishi, Joe Ping Chau, Real Estate (all works 1990), the two young Orientals pose proudly on a balcony overlooking an urban boomtown. Taking time from their busy schedule to oblige the photographer, Nancy and Joe exude (humbly, of course) the ethics of hard work and pride of ownership

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