Christine Wong Yap: Irrational Exuberance (Asst. Colors)
26 October 2012 – 16 February 2013
Inspired by discount culture and positive psychology, Irrational Exuberance (Asst. Colors) is an exercise in pleasure, modest expectations and accessibility by New York based artist Christine Wong Yap.
Christine Wong Yap is an interdisciplinary artist working in installations, sculptures, multiples, and work on paper to explore optimism and pessimism. Her work examines the paradox that mundane materials or situations can give rise to irrational expectations, emotions, and experiences. Many of her works can be considered barometers of optimism or pessimism. Influenced by conceptual strategies, phenomenology, and psychology, her output is experimental and idiosyncratic, yet shares economical means and candid appearances.
Irrational Exuberance (Asst. Colors) marks a shift in direction stemming from her residency in Chinese Arts Centre in 2009. Christine was enamoured with the aesthetic, symbolic and conceptual potential of discount store culture, the decorative impulse, and the search for happiness. For the exhibition in Chinese Arts Centre, she will transform our recently reimbursed project space into a colourful pop-up shop. All the artworks are available for collection is a pleasurable price.