Presented as a make-believe store with shelves and pegboards, and selling its goods at “pleasurable prices,” Irrational Exuberance (Asst Colors) is New York-based artist Christine Wong Yap’s defiant attempt to come on optimistic at all costs.
—Clark, Robert, The Guardian. October 25, 2012
Glen Helfand describes the work of Christine Wong Yap, his pick for one of the chains: ‘Her artwork is about all of us, as she creates barometers of public mood, and usually aims to spread some good vibes with astute visual choices....’ ...Yap’s piece is, aptly, a distorted mirror, a device that has become one of her signatures. ...[She] make[s] use of recycled and reflected images and memories to create a new shared experience.
—Jessica Brier, Art Practical. Issue 11, March 25, 2010
In a marvelous little etching by Christine Wong Yap, densely inscribed Gothic print ... reads, at first glance, as the concluding section of an ecclesiastical text, but the crowded letters actually spell out a recitation far more secular and mundane: a shopping list for milk, yogurt, turkey and cheese. Yap, who lives in Oakland, stages another amusing temporal and stylistic dislocation in a hand-inked scroll of graph paper that ends in a curl on the floor....
—Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times. October 9, 2009
Climb down into the wonderfully creepy hole-like basement at Triple Base. There in the dark you will find an installation by Christine Wong Yap that creates a palpably embodied visual and poetic experience. ... Together with the welcome mat by Amanda Curreri, ... the two works bookend the exhibition with a satisfying physicality.
—Cheryl Meeker, Stretcher.com. August 21, 2009
Using foil-covered letters to create morphing shadows of letters on one wall, Yap presents a coolly meditative experience, never letting the viewer's eye complete the phrase “unlimited promise.”
—Ari Messer, San Francisco Chronicle. August 20, 2009
Involved, Socially is one of those art exhibits whose concept is so good it starts to collapse in on itself.... The wormholes start to form with stuff like Christine Wong Yap's mail-trading exhibit-within-an-exhibit called This or That, made of international post-office exchanges...
—Hiya Swanhuyser, SFWeekly.com. August 14, 2009 [PDF, 292 kb]
See the C.V. for a complete bibliography.
Press Kit: short and full biography, press excerpts [PDF, 8.6 MB]
High Resolution photos:
Christine Wong Yap, Irrational Exuberance (Asst. Colors), 2010,
installation view at Sight School, Oakland, Calif., USA
[2926 x 1638 JPG, 2.9 MB]
Christine Wong Yap, Dark into Light, 2008, mixed media installation:
100 night lights, par can, spot bulb, 10 x 10 x 8 feet / 3 x 3 x 2.4 m. Courtesy
Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA.
[3072 x 2304 JPG, 1.8 MB]
Christine Wong Yap, Unlimited Promise (installation view at Triple Base
Gallery), 2009, installation: foil paper, thread, par can, stand, black foil, shadow, 12 x 20 x 6.5 feet / 3.6 x 6 x 1.9 m.
[3008x2000 JPG, 2.8MB]