Su-en Wong, Big Dark Painting with Girl in White Skate Gear, 1999,

Big Dark Painting with Girl in White Skate Gear, 1999, Acrylic and coloured pencil on paper, 80 x 138 in. Images courtesy of Stefan Stux Gallery, NY © 2000 Su-en Wong

Present Tense 15: Su-en Wong

June 7 - September 3, 2000


Girl as Covergirl

New York-based artist Su-en Wong is featured in the fifteenth exhibition of Present Tense, an ongoing series of current work by Canadian and International artists. Su-en Wong's paintings are self-portraits that explore the uneasy transitions between childhood, adolescence, and maturity. Often expansive in scale, her paintings on canvas, paper, and wood primarily feature a lone figure isolated within a minimal field of pastel color. The works are imbued with social and sexual stereotypes, which are used to explore the conflicting positions of power and vulnerability within the artist's life as a young Asian woman. This project was curated by Shelly Bahl, Curatorial Resident.


Born in Singapore in 1973, Su-en Wong currently lives and works in New York. She received her M.F.A. in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997, and recently finished studio residencies at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, NY, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine. She has had solo exhibitions at Stefan Stux Gallery, NY (1999) and at the Chicago Cultural Center (1999). Recent group exhibitions were held at the KwangJu International Biennale, Korea (2000), Zolla/ Lieberman Gallery, Chicago (2000), and the Tobey Gallery, Memphis College of Art, TN (1998). Wong is represented by Stefan Stux Gallery, NY.


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