Drawing anecdotally from his own social encounters, he elaborates his stories into darkly humorous tales that touch on political and cultural anxieties. Digitally rendered in a seductive, technicolour language that recalls the modernism of Fernand Leger, the pop languages of Tom Wesselman or Allen Jones, as well as the design aesthetic of The Memphis Group and early 1980s video games, Wong’s simple but seductive animations disguise a deeper social critique of technological modernity.
Wong Ping is the inaugural recipient of Camden Art Centre’s new Emerging Artist Prize (2018). CAC’s Emerging Artist Prize was established in 2018 as part of the Centre’s commitment to nurturing and celebrating the most innovative artists of the moment, who have yet to receive the recognition their work deserves. The prize awards an artist exhibiting in the Focus section of Frieze London with an exhibition at CAC.
Camden Arts Centre at Cork Street
The Cork Street exhibition includes new inflatable sculptures, video installations, and two recent works – Fables 1 (2018) and Fables 2 (2019). Part of an ongoing series, these films are morality tales re-written for our dystopian age – modern day Aesop’s Fables. Wong’s creatures, including a convicted capitalist cow, a three-headed homicidal rabbit, and a telepathic tree, become the focal points of subversive domestic fantasies, holding a mirror to our own humanity.