May 23 – June 24 1984
By literally moving the contents of his San Francisco studio into the WorkSpace gallery, Al Wong will work in residence for the entire duration of the exhibition. In Working in New York, Wong will photograph people in real-life situations, including those visitors to his newly fabricated ‘studio/gallery,’ and will then use the slides to make what he calls ‘shadow’ drawings. Primarily known as a filmmaker, the artist has been concerned in recent months with the many facets of memory—what is seen and remembered—and the phenomenon of retinal after-image. Continuing to explore the optical play of negative shadow/positive form that he uses in his films, Wong draws on netting and hardware cloth to create silhouettes suggestive of the shadows that remained of victims at Hiroshima after the atomic blast.