Published by New Museum. Edited with text by Gary Carrion-Murayari. Foreword by Lisa Phillips. Text by Tobias Berger, David Horvitz.
Produced in tandem with his first solo museum exhibition in New York, this publication offers insight into the work of Hong Kong–based animator Wong Ping (born 1984). Over the past ten years, Ping has crafted tales of individual desires, societal pressures and political upheaval. His works, which are often vibrantly pop-colored and rely on geometric form, reveal themselves as metaphors for larger systemic issues, such as immigration, social relations and economic anxieties. Although his videos may initially recall the language of children’s cartoons, Wong Ping’s work emerges from his own stories and journals in which he reveals the daily aspirations and anxieties of everyday residents of Hong Kong through surreal narratives and a bizarre cast of anthropomorphic characters. This exhibition brings together a selection of recent work by Wong Ping from across his widely experimental oeuvre.