May 12 – July 21, 2012
Opening Reception: May 12, 2012, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Chinese Culture Center
750 Kearny St., 3rd Floor (inside the Hilton Hotel), San Francisco, CA 94108
Inspired by these parallel visual identities, Wong has created six new sculptural works for Orange Peel, Harbor Seal, Hyperreal whose shapes and forms all hark back to this era in Hong Kong and its replication here in San Francisco and draw from everyday observances in both places.
Two works reference a wall at the rear of the famed Chung King Mansions in Hong Kong, a crowded warren of cheap apartment blocks favored by asylum seekers. Slap dash urban renewal efforts there every 7-10 years generally result in a new layer of mosaic tile being applied over the old. The wall that caught Wong’s eye is peeling away in places, revealing various strata of decorative tile all the way back to the 1950s. Wong has collected hundreds of tiles that reference the aesthetics of various eras since then and assembled them into two wall-mounted works that echo this unique wormhole into the layered histories of Hong Kong.
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