Simon Leung Film/Video
Simon Leung is an artist who works across disciplines and mediums. His project-based works include "squatting projects" in various cities; an opera set in Los Angeles's Griffith Park; a rethinking of the psychological, philosophical, and political dimensions of AIDS in the figure of the glory hole; a reposing of Marcel Duchamp’s oeuvre as a discourse in ethics; meditations on “the residual space of the Vietnam War” (comprising of projects on the squatting body as counter-architecture, military desertion as askesis, and surfing); video meditations on Edgar Allan Poe along the the (Robert) Smithsonian notion of the non-site, and Immanuel Kant's Perpetual Peace via the life language of his frequent collaborator Warren Niesluchowski. Leung's work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Guangzhou Triennial (2008); the Luleå Summer Biennial: the Venice Biennale (2003); the Whitney Biennial (1993). He has received awards from the College Art Association for his writing, and several grants and fellowship from among others the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He has taught at NYU, RISD, CalArts, UCLA, and since 2001, at the University of California, Irvine, where he is Professor of Studio Art.