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Opening 10/25: Irrational Exuberance (Asst. Colours)

Christine Wong Yap, Irrational Exuberance (asst. colours), Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK

I’m expanding Irrational Exuberance (Asst. Colours) for an installation at the Chinese Arts Centre’s new pop-up shop project space. I was a resident at CAC when I was inspired to explore modest ambitions, decoration, and pleasure through discount store culture, so this is a homecoming of sorts.

October 26, 2012–February 16, 2013
Irrational Exuberance (Asst. Colours)
Preview: October 25, 2012, 5:00-7:30 pm

Chinese Arts Centre
13 Thomas Street, Manchester, UK, M4 1EU

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Coming soon: The Present Group #21

Studio view of work in progress for The Present Group's upcoming subscription art project.

Studio view of work in progress for The Present Group’s upcoming subscription art project.

I’m pleased as punch to be collaborating with The Present Group, an art subscription service in Oakland, CA. They invited me to create a multiple for Issue #21. I love making multiples and admire the work of many past Present Group artists, so of course I accepted.

We’re working on a project that involves banner motifs, screen printing, and holographic foils, to be released later this summer.

The Present Group
Issue #21
Summer 2012

 

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Sights

This Saturday in San Francisco

Positive Signs, 2011, glitter pen, fluorescent pen, foil print, gridded vellum, 8.5 × 11 in / 21.5 × 28 cm.

Positive Signs, 2011, glitter pen, fluorescent pen, foil print, gridded vellum, 8.5 × 11 in / 21.5 × 28 cm.

Artists’ Talk
In Other Words
Sat, March 24, 2pm
Intersection for the Arts
925 Mission Street (at Fifth), San Francisco CA 94103
Exhibition extended through 3/31
Gallery hours: Tue–Sat, 12–6pm

In Other Words is a group exhibition that looks at language and its capacity to clarify and confuse, convene and separate, inspire and discourage. By exploring a range of areas concering the influence and evolution of language in our lives—the impact of technology, the obscurity of industry-specific terminology, the psychological internalization of language, and the recontextualization of language—the artists in this exhibition demonstrate through a diversity of media the many ways in which we strive to communicate to each other.

Katie Gilmartin, Julia Goodman, Emanuela Harris-Sintamarian, Susan O’Malley, Meryl Pataky, Alex Potts, Cassie Thorton, Annie Vought, Christine Wong Yap

Read reviews on SFGate, Zero1 blog, and the East Bay Monthly.
View opening photos on ArtBusiness.com.

hope for good, allow for even better, 2012, ribbon, thread, pins, 51.5 × 47 in / 1.3 × 1.2 m

hope for good, allow for even better, 2012, ribbon, thread, pins, 51.5 × 47 in / 1.3 × 1.2 m

 

Opening reception: Sat, March 24, 3–5
Winter Art Walk 2012: Sat, March 24, 12–5
Voices of Home
Jenkins Johnson Gallery
464 Sutter Street (between Powell & Stockton), San Francisco, CA
Gallery hours: Tue–Fri 10–6; Sat 10–5
Exhibition: March 24–April 28, 2012

Each of these artists visually articulates works inspired by their diverse and rich cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Artists: Noel Anderson, Kajahl Benes, Elaine Bradford, Elizabeth Colomba, Jamal Cyrus, Nathaniel Donnett, Zak Ové, Leslie Smith III, Devin Troy Strother, Felandus Thames, and Christine Wong Yap.

 

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give thanks installation at untitled gallery / project space leeds

Give Thanks, 2011, site-specific installation of 39 pennant flags: satin ribbon, linen, gratitude statements, dimensions site-variable. Recently on view at Untitled Gallery @ Project Space Leeds, Leeds, UK.

Give Thanks, 2011, site-specific installation of 39 pennant flags: satin ribbon, linen, gratitude statements, dimensions site-variable. Recently on view at Untitled Gallery @ Project Space Leeds, Leeds, UK.

Photos of my latest installation, Give Thanks, now posted. Sincere thanks to Katie Rutherford and Untitled Gallery for the photographs.

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mirrorsblackportrait

mirrorsblackportrait, 2011, mirrors, paint, frames, wire, motor, hardware; 112 x 21 x 21 in / 2.8 m x 0.5 x 0.5 m (site variable).

mirrorsblackportrait, 2011, mirrors, paint, frames, wire, motor, hardware; 112 x 21 x 21 in / 2.8 m x 0.5 x 0.5 m (site variable).

I made mirrorsblackportrait, a new kinetic sculpture, for The Black Portrait, an exhibition curated by Natasha L. Logan and Hank Willis Thomas, currently on view through May 16 at Rush Arts Gallery, 526 W. 26th Street in New York City’s Chelsea district. I’m quite pleased of the result and very proud to be in the show, which is mostly 2-D portraits or figurative works by African American artists, as well as a few videos and installations. I think my piece is points out the construction of race, as well as working as an abstraction, in a sense, within the show.

I’ve posted a video on Vimeo of mirrorsblackportrait. Have a look!

If you’re in town, please visit the show, I think it’s got a lot of strong works in it. I’d also be happy to walk through the show too, if you’re interested—email me. Cheers!

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Art & Development, Community, Research

Works in Progress

Christine Wong Yap Work-in-progress view of Cloud II (Aura / Good Thoughts) 2011 mixed media installation: Glitter foil on board, 3-D illusion plastic, fun fur yarn, thread, elastic, hula hoops, beads dimensions vary

Christine Wong Yap, Work-in-progress view of Cloud II (Aura / Good Thoughts), 2011, mixed media installation.

I’ve been working on a new cutout text installation for a forthcoming group exhibition. It will be an optimistic, exhuberant update to my copper and elastic installation, Cloud.

Cloud (installation view), 2006, copper, rope, elastic, monofilament, 7 x 6 feet / 2.1 x 1.8 m

Cloud (installation view), 2006, copper, rope, elastic, monofilament, 7 x 6 feet / 2.1 x 1.8 m

The original installation was comprised of mundane, mindless texts, such as “hey, it’s me, are you busy now?” The new iteration uses spoken, written and emailed texts from my life that express happiness, gratitude, or empathy. It will be made of colorful materials like 3D illusion plastic and glitter foil.

Your wish has come true

Work-in-progress view of hand-cut glitter foil on board. Text: “Your wish has come true.”

February 28 – April 1, 2011
Portraiture: Inside Out
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 3, 5—9pm
An exhibition of contemporary portraiture. Curated by Ruth Ballester, Whitney Fehl and Lauren Thompson, Graduate Students in the Museum Professions Program.

Artists: Sarah Bliss, Dominic Guarnaschelli, Gwen Hardie, Jenny Hyde, Pat Lay, Greg Leshé, So Yoon Lym, Ryan Roa, Steve Rossi, Jesse Eric Schmidt, Travis LeRoy Southworth, Tanja Targersen, Peter Whittenberger, Christine Wong Yap, Raphael Zollinger

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 3, 5–9pm
Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 10:30am–4:30pm

Also in the exhibition, by chance, are two members of the collective, Brolab, who I met through volunteering for the Art in Odd Places festival, and whose work I enthused about, last fall.

Random & Rad:

I did a Google image search for “attitude” and this is what came up:

Google image search results for Attitude

I love the mix of results! Trashy, jokey mottos alongside sincere (if simplistic) mantras for optimism. Just the first row is brilliant: unapologetic crudeness underscored by a sassy type treatment, self-help clichés (positive thinking, magic, happy face), motivational sports maxims, more unapologetic crudeness plus sexual egomania, and a party-goer’s mantra. It sort of exemplifies American ignominy as well as the desire for inspiration and the futility of oversimplified positive thinking. It presents lowbrow poles of irony and sincerity.

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Community

chinese art centre’s contemporary art auction

Banner No. 3, 2010, color laser on acetate, gift bag, mat board, frame, 12 x 9 inches / 30 x 23 cm. Installation view at Sight School, Oakland, CA.

I am proud to donate one of my most recent works to support the organization that hosted me for my three-month, life-changing residency in Manchester, UK last year. Online bids will be accepted. Have a look!

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