Piece description from the artist
I imagine the “guardians” of the title to be totems that stand in the midst of a portal. (This painting’s Guardian is a combination creature of botanical and a biomorphic forms.) These Guardians belong to the space you are in as well as to what lies behind. The paintings are squarish so that you don’t look so much from side to side as you do deeper in; and so thus you must pass through the Guardian.
Albert Fung was born in San Francisco in 1970. He got his B.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1992 and him M.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1996. He has lived in New York City since 1992. During this time, he has been painting, staring down his dearest wish to give these dreams flesh and blood. He has worked in the mediums of photography, printmaking, and drawing; but the vast majority of his work is oil painting. He has had studios in Manhattan, Bushwick, Harlem, Williamsburg, and Astoria. He now works in Long Island City.