Through research and investigation of the documents of visual art, literature, politics and history, my work attempts to examine the unreliable relationship between cultural archive, myth and the contemporary human status. By constructing all-encompassing environments where fiction and reality interweave, I expose dramatic and often humorous as well as absurd aspects of the concept of society.
I employ various mediums to create multi-narrative spectacle, whilst layering painting, photography, sculptural objects and text amongst video installations, which alternate between performance and feature-length films, through the visual language, akin to the documentary genre.
Works of different mediums function as traces of research into alienation of cultures. Through a wide range of visual embodiment and stories, unexpected connections between materials and aesthetics arise, unsettling the viewer’s perception, referring to my own comprehension and manipulation of the world from a perspective of an immigrant.
Through the lens of the Chinese transplant, I observe pre-defined pattern and initiate a possibility of narrative merged with personal experience, social behavior and anxiety of nowadays. The deconstruction of contemporary identity, the re-definition of the existing heritage and role of progress are explored through interdisciplinary combination of media. Eventually, my practice reveals how present ideology derives from it’s history and adapts to its consistently changing condition.
Born and raised in Changchun, China, Tuo Wang currently works and lives in New York. His practice is interdisciplinary and involves many disciplines including video, performance, photography, painting and drawing.
He has an MFA (2014) from Boston University, USA, an MA in painting (2012) from Tsinghua University, China and a Biology of Science (2007) from Northeast Normal University, China.
Tuo Wang is a recipient NYFA Mentoring Program, NYC (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 Artist,” Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (2012) amongst others.
He has exhibited in China and United States at venues such as 808 Gallery, Boston, Sherman Gallery, Boston, Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, Today Art Museum, Beijing, Rongcheng Art Museum, Chengdu, Fareast Art Museum, Changchun. Wang’s work has been reviewed by many various publications such as Boston Globe, Big Red&Shiny and Videofocus.