2015 Residency: June
Tuo Wang employs various mediums to create multi-narrative spectacles, whilst layering painting, photography, sculptural objects and text amongst video installations. Serving as the core of his narrative, Wang’s video installations often alternate between performance and documentary. The artist has developed a process that combines interview, reality show-style montage and the theatre of absurd to construct a maze of melodramas. Through the manipulation of individuals’ experiences and intervention in intellectual legacies, Wang’s work attempts to examine the unreliable relationship between the contemporary human status, myth and established cultural archive. By constructing self-referential environments where fiction and reality interweave, dramatic and often humorous as well as absurd aspects of the concept of society are exposed.
Born and raised in Changchun, China, Tuo Wang currently works and lives in New York. He has an MFA (2014) from Boston University, an MA in painting (2012) from Tsinghua University, China and a BS in Biology (2007) from Northeast Normal University, China. Wang is a recipient of awards including NARS Foundation, NYC (2015), Residency Unlimited, NYC (2015), NYFA IAP Program, NYC (2014), Award of Merit, The Accolade Global Film Competition, CA (2014), S10 VIDEOFOCUS Video Biennial Special Featured Artist, EU (2014); Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Prize, Boston (2013), the Constatin Alajalov Scholarship, Boston (2012, 2013) and Bronze Award “2012 Annual Nomination Exhibition for Young Contemporary Artists,” Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (2012) amongst others. Wang has exhibited in China, United States and internationally at venues such as NARS Foundation, New York, Vox Populi, Aux Performance Center, Philadelphia, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, Gezira Art Center, Cairo, Egypt, Albanian National Center of Cinematography, Albania, IMA Film Society, India, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China, Rongcheng Art Museum, Chengdu, China, Fareast Art Museum, Changchun, China.
Image: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man