Exterior view with Vinyl Poster #1 & 2, 2012, transparent vinyl, ribbon, thread, acrylic, 36 x 45 inches / 91 x 114 cm each
Installation view: from left to right: Flag Snowflakes and Plates series, Hankies, 2009–10, Edition of two embellished handkerchieves: fluorescent handkerchiefs, place mats, thread, wood, 18 x 18 x 2 inches / 46 x 46 x 5 cm each; This Too Shall Pass, 2010, Edition of three papercut collages: paper, calendars, adhesive, customized rabets and frame, painted shelf, 48 x 10 x 12 inches / 1.2 m x 25 cm x 30 cm
Flag Snowflakes series, 2010, stick-on flags on neon paper, 8.5 x 11 inches / 21.5 x 30 cm; Plates #4, 6, 3, 2010, from an edition of six decorative plates: stickers, labels, plateholders, custom acrylic stands, painted shelf, 72 x 8 x 14 inches / 1.8 m x 20 cm x 36 cm
Flag Snowflakes made of stick-on flags and neon paper.
Plates made from stickers and labels, resembling the decorative knick-knacks you can find in households of all classes.
Vinyl Ficus #3, 1, 2, 2010, vinyl, mylar, thread, lacing, wire, ~18 x 12 x 12 inches / 45 x 30 x30 cm each
Sewn and laced from plastics. Both the tropical plant and its standard plastic pot are ubiquitous, found in US hardware stores and UK DIY shops.
Irrational Exuberance (Asst. Colors) Mini Flags, 2012, fabric, thread, wood, woven labels, ~15 x 18 inches / 38 x 45 cm each
Personal-sized, spirited declarations suggest a semaphore of positive sentiment or unabashed enthusiasm.
Cute ___ Calendar, (shown: November), 2010, collage of found calendars, 12 x 12 x 0.5 inches / 30 x 30 x 1 cm
A papercut collage made of multiple calendars; an exercise in how endearing images can stimulate backlash.
Vinyl Poster #1 & 2, 2012, transparent vinyl, ribbon, thread, acrylic, 36 x 45 inches / 91 x 114 cm each
New works for the storefront windows were inspired by supermarket sale posters; here, ribbons form banners that imply texts.
In Irrational Exuberance (Asst. Colors), viewers encounter a colorful shop-like interior populated by reconfigured discount shop materials.
I developed many of the works in response to my 2009 Breathe residency at Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester, U.K., where I became enamored with the aesthetic, symbolic and conceptual potential of pound shops, the decorative impulse, and the search for happiness. This iteration inaugurated the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art’s storefront project space.
Caption: Christine Wong Yap, Irrational Exuberance (Asst. Colors), Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art, Manchester, UK, October 26, 2012–February 16, 2013.
Read The Guardian’s “Exhibitionist” preview, October 25, 2012.
Thanks to Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art staff and volunteers for their generousity, hospitality, and support. Special thanks to Curator Ying Kwok and art technicians Jon, Lee, and Gass.