ARTIST STATEMENT

WHEN I STARTED WORKING WITH CHROME PIGMENT I WAS IMMEDIATELY DRAWN TO THE MARKS I MADE AND THEIR REACTION TO LIGHT. WITH CHROME PIGMENT I CAN CREATE LINES THAT HAVE THE SAME CHARACTER AS GRAPHITE AND COVERAGE OF OIL PAINT. I PAINT AND DRAW WITH IT AT THE SAME TIME. IT HAS A LUMINESCENT QUALITY THAT CREATES A CHANGE IN TONE AND COLOR AS LIGHT AND THE VIEWER MOVE AROUND THE WORK. 

TO CREATE MY CHROME PAINTINGS, I PAINT LAYERS OF PIGMENT DIRECTLY ONTO THE LINEN AND PHOTOCLOTH WITHOUT THE USE OF BRUSHES. THE CHROME DRIES IN SECONDS SO MY GESTURES MUST BE FAST, DELIBERATE AND FINAL. THERE IS NO TIME FOR BLENDING, SO EACH MARK HAS TO BE STRONG ENOUGH TO STAND ON ITS OWN. THE LAYERING OF THESE MARKS FORMS A COHERENT COMPOSITION THAT COMPLETES EACH PAINTING. THE CHROME PAINTINGS WERE MY FIRST INVESTIGATION INTO MONOCHROMATIC WORKS.

THE BOTTOMS OF THE SURFBOARDS DERIVE FROM THE SAME ORIGINAL PAINTING. I PAINTED THE BLUE GRADIENT WITH OIL PAINT ON A RECTANGULAR CANVAS, WHICH WAS THEN PHOTOGRAPHED AND COLOR CORRECTED. THE FINAL PROOF IS PRINTED ON PHOTOCLOTH AND GLASSED ONTO THE BOTTOM OF EACH BOARD. IT WORKS TONALLY WITH THE CHROME DECKS, AND TOGETHER THEY MAKE A STATEMENT. 

TO COMPLETE THE SCULPTURES, I WAS INFLUENCED BY MY HAWAIIAN HERITAGE, THE HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA AND GREEK KOUROI STATUES. I CHOSE TO INCLUDE HAWAIIAN KOA WOOD NOSE AND TAIL BLOCKS, BLACK PINLINES, AND MIKE HYNSON'S ICONIC RED FINS. MY CHROMIUM US 101 LOGO IS BASED ON U.S. HIGHWAY 101 AND IT'S GLASSED ONTO THE BOARDS ALONG WITH HYNSON'S COMPANY LOGO, BOTH OF OUR SIGNATURES, AND A NUMBER AS IT RELATES TO THE SERIES. 

 

—IVAN WONG

 

 

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