"IVAN WONG'S CONNECTING OF STREET AND SURF THROUGH HIS ART IS AN ACT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ALCHEMY. HIS PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES EVOKE THE FINISH FETISH's CONCERNS AND UPDATES THEM FOR OUR MORE COMPLEX CONTEMPORARY TIMES  BRINGING A SENSE OF DEPTH AND UNCERTAINTY TO THE FINISH, A GLIMPSE OF THE ARTIST AND THE TOUCH OF HIS HAND ON THE SURFACE, AND A HINT OF THE AESTHETICS OF GRAFFITI AND TATTOOS AND OTHER STREET SENSIBILITIES THAT EMERGED. ivan wong's surfboard sculptures and evocative paintings are a beautiful distillation of what southern california has been about for the past 100 years.

-MICHAEL FALLON, ART CRITIC AND AUTHOR OF
CREATING THE FUTURE: ART AND LOS ANGELES
IN THE 1970S

 
 

COMPLETE TEXT OF ART CRITIC MICHAEL FALLON'S TALK ABOUT CHROMIUM US 101 AVAILABLE HERE

 

DANIELLE IS PLEASED TO PRESENT CHROMIUM US 101, ITS INAUGURAL PROJECT WITH NEW YORK-BASED ARTIST IVAN WONG. FIRST EXHIBITED IN CALIFORNIA IN SUMMER 2016, WONG'S CHROME PAINTINGS, SURFBOARD SCULPTURES and prints EMBODY THE HISTORY AND SPIRIT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S CULTURAL IDENTITY.

WONG WAS BORN IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA IN 1955 AND GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES WITH A DEGREE IN PAINTING IN 1981 AFTER MAKING HIS MARK ON THE WEST COAST MUSIC SCENE DURING THE EVOLUTION OF L.A. PUNK ROCK. HIS BAND, THE BOXBOYS, IS CREDITED WITH ESTABLISHING THE L.A. SKA MOD REVIVAL IN 1979 AND 1980. A DEDICATED PRINTMAKER, WONG HAS PRODUCED HUNDREDS OF BOOKS WITH RENOWNED ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS OF OUR TIME, INCLUDING IRVING PENN, GEORGIA O'KEEFFE, DAVID LACHAPELLE, ALBERT WATSON, EIKO ISHIOKA, Madonna AND FABIEN BARON.

wong WAS INFLUENCED BY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S CAR CULTURE, AERONAUTICS industry AND PROXIMITY TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN. HIS HAND-PAINTED CHROME WORKS ON LINEN AND SURFBOARD DECKS HAVE A REFLECTIVE QUALITY THAT CHANGES THE SURFACES' TONE, COLOR AND INTENSITY AS LIGHT AND THE VIEWER SHIFT IN SPACE. sonOrous AND DIMENSIONAL, the surfaces ARE FILLED WITH SUBTLE HINTS OF MOTION AND ACTION, CATCHING LIGHT UNEVENLY AND IDIOSYNCRATICALLY and exuding a quality of beauty that is both permanent and fleeting. These monochromatic paintings, influenced by california, mark the beginning of wong's exploration of the essential in form with chrome and are a significant development for an artist who has spent the past four decades engaged with color.

TO ACCOMPLISH HIS SCULPTURES, WONG USES INNOVATIVE MATERIALS AND FABRICATION PROCESSES BORROWED FROM THE INDUSTRIAL WORLD TO CREATE SEAMLESS OBJECTS THAT BLUR THE LINE BETWEEN PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AND BETWEEN HANDCRAFTED AND INDUSTRIALLY PRODUCED OBJECTS. he extends HIS chrome paintings to HAND-SHAPED SURFBOARD BLANKS BY ICONIC CALIFORNIAN SURFER AND SHAPER MIKE HYNSON, A MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL SURFBOARD BUILDER'S HALL OF FAME KNOWN FOR HIS SIGNATURE RED FINS AND FOR APPEARING IN BRUCE BROWN'S 1966 SURF DOCUMENTARY, THE ENDLESS SUMMER. Wong bases his CHROMIUM US 101 logo on the u.S. highway 101 shield, an internationally recognized symbol of the region's culture and lifestyle, and his prints on the colby poster printing company's day-glo posters that have covered the region's landscape for more than 60 years and become a prominent part of its visual lexicon. 

Displayed upright, wong's totem-like sculptures resemble the rigid, upright Greek statues of young men known as kouroi. the koroui's female counterpart, the kores, were thoroughly painted with garments and decoration before time and the elements rid them of their color, changing them from a work for their age to a work for the ages. just as this loss of color helped detach the korai from a specific historical setting, Wong's chrome compositions, devoid of color, allow his works to be seen in a context that transcends time and elevates them to a universal symbol for humanity. 

 

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