Prismatic Arts Festival

Paul Wong

Paul Wong

Until Aug 24
Alderney Landing Craig Gallery and Outdoor Mainstage

Paul Wong is a media-maestro making art for site specific spaces and screens of all sizes. He is an award winning artist and curator who is known for pioneering early video art in Canada, founding several artist-run groups, leading public arts policy, and organizing events, conferences and public interventions since the 1970s. With a career spanning four decades he has been instrumental in Canadian contemporary art and the larger art ecology.

Born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, in 1954, Paul Wong has shown and produced projects throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His works are in many public collections including those of the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), and the Vancouver Art Gallery. He is in numerous private collections and is the recipient of several major commissions and grants.

DisOriental (Outdoor Video Screen)

Is he here or there, in China, Canada, or France? The ‘other’ being in and out of place.

Dressed in white, wearing a bamboo sun hat and barefoot, and in dark glasses, Wong materializes himself at the entrance of the Saint-Etienne Bridge in Limognes France on a clear summers day. Walking seemingly disorientated he navigates using an iPad screen as a spatiotemporal window on his digital journey.

#LLL, Looking, Listening, Looping (Craig Gallery)

“Looking, Looping & Listening is a wall-to-wall installation of ten ten by twelve inch screens dominating the darkened exhibition space. Each screen flickers a glowing series of different animated GIFs (a one or two second moving image file on perpetual loop). The content varies from selfies to abstraction, blurring the shapes and patterns of capture and existence. As individual screens are placed in close proximity to each other, it is nearly impossible to focus for long on any single screen. Taking a step back, it becomes clear that the multitude of content viewed as a whole is meant to captivate our full attention.” — Amy Fung, Akimblog January 28, 2014

Flash Memory (Outside the Craig Gallery)

20,323 pictures are mashed into an intense viewing experience. Photographs flash on and off at 15 pictures per second, 900 frames per minute. It is a chronology of three years of incessant picture taking of people, places and things: part journal, diary, sketchbook, research and documents of the everyday at home, studio, streets, art events, travels, weddings, funerals, birthdays, gatherings with friends and family, celebrations and festivals.