Wong Ping: Heart Digger
Wong Ping (b 1984, Hong Kong) creates digital and sculptural works that reveal very human, often universal fantasies, through absurd narratives. Drawing from his own social encounters, he elaborates his stories into dark humorous tales that touch on political and cultural anxieties. Digitally rendered in a seductive technicolour language, they recall the modernism of Fernand Leger, the pop language of Tom Wesselman or Allen Jones, and the design aesthetic of The Memphis Group and early 1980s video games. These simple but seductive animations also disguise a deeper critique of technology.
Wong Ping is the inaugural recipient of Camden Art Centre’s new Emerging Artist Prize at Frieze (2018). The Prize was established in collaboration with Frieze Art Fair, as part of Camden Arts Centre’s commitment to nurturing and celebrating the most innovative artists of the moment, who have yet to receive the recognition their work deserves. The annual prize awards an artist exhibiting in the Focus section of Frieze London with an exhibition at Camden Art Centre.
Camden Arts Centre at Cork Street
5-6 Cork Street, W1S 3NX
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday: 11.00am – 5.00pm
Closed Mondays & Sundays
The Cork Street exhibition includes new inflatable sculptures, video installations, and two recent works – Fables 1 (2018) and Fables 2 (2019). Part of an ongoing series, these films are morality tales re-written for our dystopian age – modern day Aesop’s Fables. Wong’s creatures, including a convicted capitalist cow, a three-headed homicidal rabbit, and a telepathic tree, become the focal points of subversive domestic fantasies, holding a mirror to our own humanity
In 2019, Wong Ping (b. 1984, Hong Kong) had solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel – Golden Shower – and CAPRI, Dusseldorf, Germany, and won the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition at the 48th International Film Festival, Rotterdam. In 2018 he was included in New Museum Triennial Songs of Sabotage and One Hand Clapping, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, both New York. Wong was artist in residence at the Chinese Centre for Contemporary Art, Manchester, 2015.
A File Note with new text is available from the Bookshop at £1.
Wong Ping is the inaugural recipient of the Camden Arts Centre Emerging Artist Prize at Frieze.
Supported by the Camden Arts Centre Emerging Artist Prize Supporters. With thanks to Frieze London, Edouard Malingue Gallery and Tuplin Fine Art.
Thanks to Cork Street Galleries and The Pollen Estate for the kind provision of the exhibition space at Cork Street.
The works in this exhibition contain adult and sexual themes. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please ask a member of staff if you have any questions.
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