Through animation, sculpture, and immersive installations, Wong Ping creates disturbing and crude narratives that challenge conventional concepts of human desire, obsession, shame, isolation, and repressed sexuality. As a self-taught animator, Wong’s videos take on a bright and childlike aesthetic, creating a light-hearted, humorous, and accessible approach to the deep psychological issues experienced by the protagonists in his films. His unique visual language helps to diffuse the lewd and offbeat stories that explore the dark corners of human nature. By confronting these uncomfortable issues, the viewer is prompted to question the boundaries of morality and why our society has constructed these barriers.
- Wong Ping, Installation view, Golden Shower, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland, 2019
- Installation view, Golden Shower, (f.l.t.r.) on, Bestiality rider R, Bestiality rider A, Bestiality rider T, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland, 2019
- Installation view, Golden Shower, Kunsthalle Basel, 2019
- Dear, can I give you a hand?, 2018
- Installation view, One Hand Clapping, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2018
- Who's the Daddy, 2017
- Who's the Daddy [video still], 2017
- Jungle of Desire, 2015
- An Emo Nose [video still], 2015
- Doggy Love [video still], 2015
- Doggy Love [video still], 2015
- Stop Peeping [video still], 2014
- Slow Sex [video still], 2013
- Under the Lion Crotch [video still], 2011
Many of Wong Ping’s works reveal themselves as metaphors for larger systemic issues, such as immigration, social relations, and economic anxieties. In Dear, can I give you a hand? (2018), the narrative is centered around the familial ties between an aging father and his son and daughter-in-law, whom he is living with. The relationship highlights the lapse in cross generational empathy and compassion for the elderly, as well as the disparity between millennials and their parents with the exponential pace of the digital economy. Through the lens of Wong’s vibrant and flashy animations, the storyline reveals itself as a metaphor for the tension between mainland China and the changing social and economic environment of Hong Kong. As a Hong Kong native, many of Wong’s works reference the culture of the city, but also touch upon everyday problems which transverse physical borders in today’s globalized society.
Wong Ping was born in Hong Kong, and received his BA from Curtin University, Perth, Australia in 2005. In 2018, he was the recipient of the inaugural Camden Arts Centre Emerging Arts Prize at Frieze, and in 2019, he was one of the winners of The Ammodo Tiger Short Competition at the 48th International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Solo exhibitions include Camden Arts Centre, London (forthcoming); Golden Shower, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2019); Who’s the Daddy, CAPRI, Düsseldorf, Germany; and Jungle of Desire, Things that can happen, Hong Kong. His work has been featured in important group exhibitions such as One Hand Clapping, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2018); 2018 Triennial: Songs for Sabotage, New Museum, New York (2018); XO State Dark: Aristophanes, Arts Centre Melbourne (2017); RareKind China, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester (2016); Mobile M+: Moving Images, M+, Hong Kong (2015); and Essential Matters, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul (2015). Wong’s animation films have been presented at numerous international festivals, in Belgium, United Kingdom, Mexico and Australia.
Wong’s work is held in several permanent collections including Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; M+, Hong Kong; KADIST, Paris/San Francisco; Fosun Art Foundation, Shanghai, among others.
Wong Ping will have his first solo exhibition at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in 2020.
Wong Ping: 5 Tips for Politely Rejecting a Booty Call from Your Neighbor's DogSCAD Museum of Art Savannah, GA January 7 - July 11, 2020
Wong PingICA, Miami December 3, 2019 - April 26, 2020
Wong Ping: Heart DiggerCamden Arts Centre, London July 5 - September 15, 2019
Wong Ping: Golden ShowerKunsthalle Basel, Switzerland January 18 - May 5, 2019
Wong PingCamden Arts Centre July 30, 2019This film was produced by Frieze London for Camden Arts Centre on the occasion of Ping's exhibition Heart Digger (July 5 - September 15, 2019).
Wong PingM+ : Animating the Absurd November 27, 2018Wong Ping’s stylised animations are characterised by vivid colour, combining a child-like sensibility with dark, macabre, psychosexual, and sinister undertones. These fantastical narratives reflect Wong’s...