Lot 52: Paul Wong

Solvent transfer on artist-made abaca paper
18.5 x 20 inches
Signed recto pencil
Courtesy of the artist
Fair Market Value

BIO: Paul Wong is Artistic Director for over 38 years at Dieu Donné, a non-profit organization for visual artists in NYC founded in 1976. He has developed and pioneered ground-breaking technical advances in the field of creative hand-papermaking, having collaborated with artists such as Chuck Close, Richard Tuttle, Kiki Smith, Jim Dine, Robert Conningham, Jessica Stockholder, Jim Hodges, Richard Artschwager, Donald Baechler, Louise Bourgeois, Ursula Von Rydingsvard, Yun Fei Ji, and many others. He has continued to use the paper-process in his own work to create major installations and works in paper for exhibitions such as Fargo/Far-To-Go, Plains Museum, Fargo ND, 2003; Paper Spaces, Neuberger Museum, Purchase NY, 1997; and has received grants from NYFA (1997) and the Joan Mitchell Foundation (1988). He has taught, lectured, and juried exhibitions on hand papermaking through the New School, at DD, NY Public Library, PBI: ’92,’02,’08; Columbia College-Chicago, Penland: ’10,’12; Ban SA, Haystack: ’14, and numerous visiting artist programs across the country.

STATEMENT: Since 1995, I have investigated issues of my ethnicity and personal identity. Born in Fargo, ND to parents who escaped Communist China in 1947, I was compelled as an artist to research the vastness of Chinese history and art that I could restructure into personal visual concepts. As a hand papermaker understanding the invention of paper originating in China, was an impetus to merge these aspects into my art practice. I work 2-dimensionally embedding various Chinese joss paper burned beforehand into handmade paper substrates which initiate a starting point in composing solvent-transferred imagery selected from thousands of photo-copied images. The ritual of burning paper in Asian culture to send symbolic sustenance to the spirit world motivates this work.

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