Standing in front of Rich Tu’s impressively large works on paper, some measuring up to 50x50 inches, we first snicker at the sarcasm, then shudder as we look beyond and see the complicated reckoning that lies beneath.
Rich’s massive minimalist drawings are a new beast, a contradiction in themselves. The simple drawings stand up and declare a singular message from an exceptionally large stage, with equal parts sophisticated wit and macabre innocence. Irony is easy to deliver. To discover substance and vulnerability beneath repartee is a rarer find. Rich strips away the "pop" sensibility and offers up an elegant, black and white,
naked, quiet scream, luring us to "freak the f*ck out."