Christine Wong Yap: The Eve Of…
September 13–24, 2014
31-00 47th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
Christine Wong Yap is pleased to announce her forthcoming solo open studio exhibition, The Eve Of…, a new body of sculptures, light boxes, and a stop motion video installation exploring mixed emotions, uncertainty, and the disassembled self on the eve of re-organization.
In The Eve Of…, Yap experiments with mirrors, Mylar, colored vinyl, plastic bags, and asphalt-based paint to create props and scenes of light and darkness. Through such works viewers may encounter their own reflections or shadows, or the incongruity of ineffable emotions andphysical embodiment. The Eve Of… is inspired by internal experiences that precede language, response, and action. It marks a shift in direction from the artist’s recent work in happiness and positive psychology towards disruptive emotions and intuition.
Originally from California, Yap relocated to Queens in 2010. Seeking to counterbalance her opportunities outside of NYC, she developed The Eve Of… as a self-initiated, five-week artist’s residency and artist-run exhibition. The project as a whole is an exercise in artist’s agency. She is heartened by precedent studio-based exhibitions, like Claes Oldenberg’s The Store (1961) and Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Minus Objects (1965–66).
Yap has exhibited her work extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as in Los Angeles, Manila, Poland, and the UK. Recent exhibitions include Happiness Is… at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California, andIrrational Exuberance (Asst. Colors) at Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester, UK. She holds a BFA and MFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA.
An opening reception will be held on Saturday, September 13, from 5–7 pm. On Wednesday, September 24, from 7–9 pm, Yap will host a public forum featuring guest speaker Andria Hickey, Associate Curator at the Public Art Fund, along the themes of the exhibition. Gallery hours will be Wednesday, September 17 from 12–3 pm; Saturday, September 20 from 1–5pm; and by appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All events are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.