Girl Cosmos Postcard Mix by Amy Wong

Girl Cosmos Postcard Mix
Amy Wong

June 19 - 22, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 19 from 5-8 pm

Wong’s painting-based installation presents an eclectic cosmology of references that explore spaces between the private and public.  Comprised of paintings, drawings, a mix tape and an obsolete postcard archive from York University’s Art History Department, a personal universe is created through the reconfiguration of various texts and iconographies.

By bringing together disparate points of connection, Wong offers a defiant, humourous, yet intimate portrayal of femininity.  Rejecting the mass-produced images of womanhood, she demystifies the female body and its representation through fragmentation and counterpoint.  Wong uses tropes of girlhood to reclaim and take control of ‘our’ images.  She employs the sincere models of teenage bedroom poster arrangement and the mix tape as points of departure.

Wong’s paintings and drawings are a collection of diverse cultural references.  She transcends the clichéd by plumping them up, like raisins in rum.

Amy Wong (b. 1981, Toronto) has lived and worked in Canada, the US, the Netherlands, Spain, and China.  She completed her BFA at Concordia University in Montréal, and post-graduate studies at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  She has exhibited at the Seoul Museum of Art, the Chinese European Art Center in Xiamen, and the Gementemuseum in The Hague.  Wong has received grants from the Dutch Ministry of Culture and Science, the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts.  She was most recently the first Canadian accepted to the Fountainhead Residency in Miami, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Visual Arts at York University.