View In A Room
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Photography: Black & White on Paper.
This work is presented in a pair: the left hand is a multi-exposure while the right hand is a long exposure. Both hands are taken over the same exact period in time: 263 seconds on 30 of July, 2019.
Edition of 1 + 1 AP.
Time is experienced discretely and yet flows continuously. Or is it that we experience continuous time, but cannot resist a need to subdivide our moments minute by minute, second by second? Is the 1/160 second exposure a moment? Is an eight minute exposure a moment or something else altogether? By de-privileging our own default mode of seeing, the viewer can explore the similarities and differences in perception that different treatments of the same moment/event/scene afford.
All reality is in a permanent state of flux, and even the most solid physical object only properly exists in the present moment, and at a specific place in space, which might be akin to saying it does not exist in another other moment, even at the same space. The doctrine of impermanence in Buddhist philosophy suggests that nothing truly exists if one looks closely enough.
Wong’s work is an attempt to extend this idea beyond objective reality to subjective/intersubjective reality as well, to explore the “true fictions” that undergird our experience of reality.
René Girard wrote, “When all differences have been eliminated and the similarity between two figures has been achieved, we say that the antagonists are doubles”. Wong’s work portrays a set of mimetic doubles, allowing the viewer to visually hold in the mind competing visions of reality contemporarily.
Pigment Ink on Cotton Paper
Frame: 22mm x 45mm Pine
Glazing: Gallery UV-Filtering Clear Acrylic
Mat: Single 8Ply White 100% Cotton Rag Window Mat with 4Ply 100% Cotton Rag Backing Mat
Backing: Wood Strainer Frame with Acid Free Foam Board lining
The multi-exposure is typically made up of more than 60 images, layered image by image individually by the artist. Each hand is then colour corrected and carefully processed into a selenium toned black and white. I personally make each print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta paper, and frame it according to these specifications: each hand measures 1050mm by 700mm with a mat of 150mm / 100mm. The final framed work measures 2.5m x 0.9m (≈100” x 35”).
Handpicked to show at The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art in Sydney