April 24 - June 1, 2024

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New York, NY

Christina Sucgang: Zzyzx


Installation view of Christina Sucgang Zzyzx

CANADA is pleased to announce Zzyzx, a solo show by Christina Sucgang in CANADA’s 61 Lispenard exhibition space. The paintings are buoyant, mad-capped, perpetually unfolding spaces full of cartoony antics that are mixed with a belief in the expressive power of abstract painting. The pleasure Sucgang experiences making these paintings propels the viewer through the work like a roller coaster ride through MoMA. The high chroma oil paint is handled with brio and confidence. The paintings often feature grid-like structures, taking the form of a diamond braid in Baby, 2024 or a wavy grate that hovers in a theatrical space of hazy biomorphic forms in America’s Sweetheart, 2024.

Sucgang carries a love of painting everyplace she goes, and her dauntless attitude towards the world exudes from her canvases. The artist is often accompanied by her two young daughters in her studio, where they amuse themselves with paper and pastels as she paints. Sucgang will often grab an image from one of her kid’s drawings and add it to the painting she is working on. The drawings are quotations rather than organizing principles, as 

Sucgang’s work operates on a sophisticated formal level. Instead, the drawings serve as a reminder for the energy she wants to embody in the works; feral, open to experimentation and searching for potentiality around every corner. 

There is aggression and sweetness in equal measure in this group of works. One thinks of the unhinged psychic implosions of German bad-boy artists Sigmar Polke and Albert Ohlen, as well as the never-say-die American sunniness of Elizabeth Murray. That Sucgang can hold both currents in her work at the same time adds depth and dimension to her paintings. Zzyzx contains elements that remind us of things we’ve seen in other paintings, but the clashes of content and mood makes these paintings all their own. 

Christina Sucgang was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1992. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has lived and worked in Brooklyn since 2007.

Baby, 2024
Oil on canvas
60 × 48 in

America's Sweetheart, 2024
Oil on canvas
72 × 60 in


Installation view of Christina Sucgang Zzyzx

Life Force, 2023
Oil on canvas
60 × 48 in


Dedication, 2024
Oil on canvas
55 × 61 in


Installation view of Christina Sucgang Zzyzx

Good Earth, 2024
Oil on canvas
60 × 40 in

Untitled, 2023
Oil on canvas
61 × 55 in


Selected Works

Dream SpeakRachel Eulena Williams

ZzyzxChristina Sucgang

HomesickSadie Laska

Promised LightLuke Murphy

ReadersKiyoshi Tsuchiya

ComeCloseJoan Snyder

NocturnesAnke Weyer

Arms and the SeaKatherine Bradford

Objet OuttaKen Resseger

Last LandscapesGerald Ferguson

Leroy's LuncheonAzikiwe Mohammed

Frisson CityLee Relvas

Reassembler 3Brian Belott

A Ball is for ThrowingElizabeth McIntosh

Ambient MusicLee Mary Manning

TORSOAnnabeth Marks

BiscuitLyric Shen

Body ForthMatt Connors

A Cliff to ClimbRyan Preciado

Library of a DreamRobert Janitz

Gold GoldRJ Messineo

On ValentinesSpencer Lewis

Who is afraid of Natasha?Joanna Malinowska & CT Jasper

USMichael Mahalchick


The Thick StreamGroup Exhibition

5 SeasonsJason Fox

Mother PaintingsKatherine Bradford

Ceramics and PrintsElisabeth Kley

Black Femme: Sovereign of WAP and the Virtual Realm curated by Christiana Ine-Kimba Boyle

#VayaConDiosKatherine Bernhardt

DrawingsJason Fox

Heart, HeartAnke Weyer

Tracing MemoryRachel Eulena Williams

Rayos De SombraRobert Janitz

GorpTyson Reeder

EREHWONSadie Laska