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Amy Wong | Born in 1981 in Toronto, Amy is a
painter of Cantonese-Chinese descent.
Wong also creates collaborative work in various
mediums with the Canadian art collective, the YPF (Young People's
Foundation) of which she is a founding member.
She was an artist in residence
at the Chinese European Art Center in Xiamen, China, from October
2007 to April 2008 and spent two years as an artist in residence
at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 2005-2006. She
was the first Canadian to be invited since the 1970s and only
one of four Canadians in the history of the program.
She received her bachelor's
of Fine Arts degree, with distinction, from Montréal's
Concordia University in 2004.
Her recent major art activities
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2008 | Everything is Everything
Ace Art Inc. Winnipeg, Canada (September-November)
2008 | Work on Wonder Chinese European Art Center. Xiamen, China
2007 | Amy Wong, Paintings Galerie Van Wijngaarden Hakkens. Amsterdam,
2006 | Have A Heart (with karaoke installation co-organized with
Marlene Dumas), De Ateliers. Amsterdam, Netherlands (December)
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2009 | Canada and the World: Asian Imaginings, Toronto (May-June)
2009 | Energy at Lennox Contemporary (Winter Branches), Toronto
2008| World Open Art Festival Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South
2006 | Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst (The Royal Queens
Prize for Painting) Gementemuseum, Den Haag, Netherlands (October-December)
2006 | Rodney Graham Band (with the YPF) Centre Fractal in collaboration
with Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal, Montréal
Amy is the recipient of the
2008 Toronto Arts Council, Emerging Artist's Grant from the Toronto
Arts Council for 2008 and a 2007 Travel Grant for Visual Artists
from the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2006, she was shortlisted
for the Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst (The Royal
Queens Prize for Painting) in The Hague, Netherlands.
Her work also appears in the
2009 | DaSilva, Allison. Everything
is Everything. Winnipeg: Critical Distance/Paperwait (forthcoming).
2008 | Brynjolson, Noni. "West of East: The Canadian Diaspora."
The Uniter (October 9)
2008 | Lin Xiao-Yun, Lin Yen and Shi Xi-Sheng. "Work on Wonder
Exhibition at CEAC". Xiamen Evening News (March 7) Xiamen,
2006 | Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst Catalogue. Den
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Quote from Amy Wong
My paintings and drawings are
investigations into plurality, romanticism, and a personal politic
in an attempt to understand myself and the world around me. Growing
up between two cultures (with many others floating around) in
an idiosyncratic way has formed how I consider the markers of
culture/identity, and how people understand each other with such
codes. This vantage point comes from my special position as an
Asian Canadian, and it is the foundation upon which all my perspectives
are built, consciously or unconsciously. I therefore approach
logic within shades of grey rather than in black and white, and
looks for truthfulness in contradiction, employing an open attitude
to play with convention. By looking at different angles simultaneously,
I attempt to extract something meaningful from the ether of history,
pop and garbage that we live in globally.
The project was made
possible with the support of the
'On girliness and metaphorical balls'
Photographer: Erica van Loon
of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy
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