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Alice Wong

Alice Wong (b. 1980, Hong Kong, China) illustrates an enlivened—often neon—interpretation of the natural world, expressed with animals, plants and landscapes. Wong often takes liberties with color, intensifying the true shade of the animal so that it translates on the psychedelic rainbow spectrum rather than portraying it in its more organic reality. A recent introduction to vintage postcards and found photos has started a new course of work that recalls a Baldessari-like approach of color-blocking over appropriated imagery. Wong reconfigures family-album kitsch or cliché macro-shots of plants and landscapes, consuming the original with a contemporary, slick sheen of artificial color. Using her vibrant palette as a vehicle to enhance and abstract, she obscures what might be considered the central focal point to recalibrate the viewer’s vision. With a reductive eye, Wong forces us to rely on the periphery for contextual clues that both orient the viewer and disorient into abstraction. Alice Wong has been working at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, CA, since 2003.