7 June 2000 6pm - 9pm
Girl as Covergirl
Art Gallery of Ontario
Opening: Wednesday, June 7, 2000, 6 – 6:30 pm
Lecture in the Ridley Member’s Lounge, 7:30 pm
New York based artist Su-en Wong is featured in the fifteenth exhibition of Present Tense, an ongoing series of current work by Canadian and International artists. Su-en Wong’s paintings are self-portraits that explore the uneasy transitions between childhood, adolescence, and maturity. Often expansive in scale, her paintings on canvas, paper, and wood primarily feature a lone figure isolated within a minimal field of pastel color. The works are imbued with social and sexual stereotypes, which are used to explore the conflicting positions of power and vulnerability within the artist’s life as a young Asian woman.
Su-en Wong was born in Singapore in 1973 and currently lives and works in New York. She received her M.F.A. in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997, and recently finished studio residencies at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, New York, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Stefan Stux Gallery, New York (1999) and at the Chicago Cultural Center (1999), and is currently exhibiting in the North American section of the Kwang Ju International Biennale, Korea (2000).