Yuh-Shioh Wong: Calling Across the Watermelon Field For You

May 15 – June 19, 2014

stethoscope to the petroglyph, 2014
Acrylic and aqua-oil on canvas
69 x 55 inches
175.3 x 139.7 cm
 

javelinas are made out of cactus because that's what they eat, 2014
Acrylic and aqua-oil on canvas
16 x 20 inches
40.6 x 50.8 cm

venus kissing the scythe, 2014
Acrylic and aqua-oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches
50.8 x 40.6 cm
 

enrollment in the extreme present, 2014
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 42 inches
91.4 x 106.7 cm

flying over the transmutation of the quiet, 2014
Acrylic and aqua-oil on canvas
64 x 64 inches
162.6 x 162.6 cm

hawk interviews pupil at the bridge, 2014
Acrylic and aqua-oil on canvas
36 x 42 inches
91.4 x 106.7 cm

the horns in the distance when we leave for the mountains, 2014
Acrylic and aqua-oil on canvas
46 x 48 inches
116.8 x 121.9 cm

bending the muscle of light, 2014
Acrylic and aqua-oil on canvas
69 x 55 inches
175.3 x 139.7 cm

Press Release

 

Yuh-Shioh Wong

calling across the watermelon field for you

 

16 May through 20 June 2014

Opening reception:  Thursday, 15 May, 6-8pm*

 

Anthony Meier Fine Arts is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Bay Area artist Yuh-Shioh Wong.  Exhibiting at the gallery for the first time, Wong’s work centers on light and perspective, both tangible and not.

 

Physical environment is a touchstone in Wong’s practice, an ongoing reference point.  The paintings on view were made in Marfa, TX – a city in the high desert of the Trans-Pecos in far West Texas, located between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park.  Responding to the light of the Chihuahuan Desert, Wong channels the spirit of that locale, embracing and framing her visceral response to the landscape on canvas. 

 

Working in a variety of sizes, Wong uses scale to determine a visual entry point for the viewer.  Where smaller works are aimed at a direct perspective, larger pieces envelope an entire position.  The paintings' surfaces vacillate between fully and minimally covered, shifting from negative to positive space.  Colors are mixed and fluid, opposing tonalities frequently used in tandem to create a vibrant energy.  Opaque areas are employed as shadow – a peripheral vision that frames the atmospheric experience of the whole, a still moment in the midst of movement.

 

Wong collaborated with poet and friend CA Conrad to title the works.

 

*complimentary valet parking