top 5 artist selection at 2021 amplify

I’m very honored to be named as a “Top 5” selection by Justin Hoover, Executive Director of the Chinese Historical Society of America, for my work “Icarus 4” at the #ArtSpanSF 2021 AMPLIFY show this year! 😀🌈 This exhibition is the culmination of a wonderful month of the annual San Francisco Open Studios. Thank you, @ArtSpan, for the opportunity!

Please check out the full exhibition at the SFOS Showcase Exhibition during the Opening Weekend this Friday 3:00pm–5:00pm & 5:30pm–7:30pm, Saturday-Sunday 12:00pm–2:00pm & 2:30pm–5:00pm. Visit https://www.artspan.org/sfos/sfos-exhibition for additional information and visiting hours.

feature in sda exhibition in print

I am so happy to share that my work “Arachne 1” was featured in the Surface Design Association Fall 2021 Exhibition in Print publication “Confrontation to Catharsis.” In this article featured below, I talk about what inspired “Arachne 1” and my overall artistic process.

If you would like to learn more about the Surface Design Association, an international membership of artists that work with innovative approaches to fiber and materials, visit: https://www.surfacedesign.org/journal/about-the-journal/ They offer exhibition opportunities to artists as well as a beautiful quarterly print publication which I am so honored to participate in!

Review in dart international magazine

I am thrilled to share that my work was reviewed in DART International Magazine by D. Dominick Lombardi as part of the group online exhibition “BOUNTY” through Rhombus Space. “BOUNTY” will be available to view on the Rhombus site through November 30, 2021. Below are a few excerpts and links from the review along with a screenshot of my work included in the exhibition. The show featured 8 wonderful artists and I feel so honored to have been a part of this wonderful project curated by Katerina Lanfranco. Special thanks to fellow artist Etty Yaniv for inviting me to participate!

Excerpt from the article: “Holly Wong’s beautiful mixed media works immediately brought to mind Frank Stella’s prints from the early 1990’s that were inspired by the cigar smoke rings he blew, captured, computerized, then turned into 3D renderings. In both instances, with Wong and Stella’s compositions, there is this seemingly endless level of movement and gesture that is clearly amplified by attention-grabbing color and graceful line.”

You can read the full article here.

To view the online BOUNTY exhibition, you can visit the Rhombus Space exhibition site here

Affordable art for a great cause

I will be participating in three art benefit auctions for wonderful causes this month.  It feels really good to take action on my values by donating artwork to support organizations I believe in.  Below are the featured works and details.  I hope you can check out the websites and bid on my work or that of the many other artists who have work on offer!

Art for AIDS Auction
I have been selected as a featured artist at the 25th Annual Art for AIDS auction benefiting the UCSF Alliance Health Project! Register to bid on my work along with 200 other artists. Art for AIDS benefits marginalized people living with chronic mental illness, HIV, and substance use disorders.
Shown blow is “Eos II” which is an assemblage of acrylic on paper that has been hand cut and mounted to bristol board.  It is framed in white wood with plexi glazing and is 21″x26″.
Starting bid is $425 and bidding begins on October 11th!
https://ucsfaids2021.ggo.bid/bidding/package/13485798

I am excited to participate in the benefit exhibition “Hope and Possibility” through Bridgette Mayer Gallery.  20% of all proceeds from artwork sales will go directly to Tools for Schools and EducationWorks and will be used to purchase school supplies and provide academic support, career readiness, and enrichment programming for students of all ages in Philadelphia. Shown below is “Pegasus,” which is a collage of ink drawing, colored pencil, graphite on paper, transparencies and ink on yupo, mounted on cradled wood panel.  Size is 24″ x 24″.

Purchase price is $1,000! https://bridgette-mayer-gallery.myshopify.com/collections/2021-benefit-24-x-24-panels/products/holly-wong-pegasus

I am thrilled to participate in the annual Root Division Art Auction through the sponsorship of my gallery SLATE Contemporary. Root Division is a San Francisco-based arts non profit exhibition space that provides studio space to emerging artists and free or low cost art classes to children and the community at large.  It’s a rare treasure here in San Francisco very worthy of your support!

Shown here is “Juliet of the Spirits VI” which made of gouache, graphite, and candle smoke on paper with hand-cut drafting film, framed to 19×16 in maple wood. This year, the auction is a hybrid event with an in-person celebration the evening of October 21st, as well as online bidding for those who prefer to participate virtually that night.

Starting bid is $450 (Lot 36)
https://cbo.io/bidapp/index.php?slug=rootdivision

Virtual open studio

I am excited to invite you to my virtual Open Studio on Wednesday, September 29th between 4:00pm – 8:00pm PDT!!  As a part of the San Francisco Bay Area-wide ArtSpan event, I will be sharing my latest work and techniques with visitors through a free online platform called Booth Central.  It works similar to a Zoom call but allows for greater functionality and interaction with artists. 

Included below are pictures of some of my latest work that I will be discussing.  I look forward to questions, lively discussion and a wonderful evening!  In addition, I will be highlighting available works through my gallery SLATE Contemporary in Oakland, CA.

Click here to sign up for my Virtual Open Studio
Click here to view my available work through SLATE Contemporary

“Variance” Group Exhibition..

I am so excited to be participating in the Summer 2021 online group exhibition “Variance” through I Like Your Work Podcast. My featured work is “Icarus 1” which I have included below.

There are many wonderful artists in this show and you can view online at:
https://www.ilikeyourworkpodcast.com/variance

Holly Wong: “Icarus 1″, 19″x24” Graphite, gouache and candle smoke on paper with hand cut drafting film, 2021.

JUROR STATEMENT

Variance

Finding something new is one of the best feelings as an artist.

The challenge was to pick only a few works from a fantastic group of submissions. But, of course, we go into these processes with our baggage and biases as individuals. I just completed my MFA journey, and I focused on a set of ideas for quite a while. From the first set of submissions, I knew my expectations were a false ceiling in judging this work. The work was so good! So I reset myself and opened my mind to what I was seeing. It was like taking off sunglasses and finally seeing the brilliance of the sky.

The artists were in their own conversations with form and color, gesture and material, pattern and scale. Art is a way that individuals filter their experiences, and within this work, I feel their voices manifested as visual documentation of feelings. There were moments of solace and moments of anxiety. There were the structures of life revealed both organic and linear. The color was used both as an overwhelming force and as subtlety.

The breadth of the artists’ work is the story of this exhibition—embracing the perspectives of all these other people who are experiencing this very same world in widely different ways. New ways of seeing the world are a gift that expands your understanding.

I appreciate the opportunity to review this work for Erika and the I Like Your Work community. It was challenging but super fun. I wish all my artists out there nothing but long, prosperous studio days.

JBarber
www.jbarberstudio.com
www.studionoizepodcast.com

New Work at Dana L. Wiley Gallery

This is “Icarus 3,” part of my new series of works on paper on exhibit at Dana L. Wiley GALLERY in the “Movement+Space” group exhibition. Graphite, gouache, candle smoke and cut drafting film on paper. 19″x24″ on acid free bristol, framed in maple wood.

This image feels intensely layered and steeped in memory for me. It is if I am painting my mind as a secret/overflowing garden. The myth of “Icarus” is about an intense yearning to reach light so much so that it leads to self-destruction. I often walk that line. 😀🌈

To view prices and available works, visit: https://danalwileygallery.com/collections/movement-space?page=4

Exhibit Review in Visual Art Source…

I am so thrilled that San Francisco Bay Area art writer and critic DeWitt Cheng had a chance to visit my solo exhibition at SLATE Contemporary, in Oakland, CA recently. Below is his wonderful and insightful review as featured in the May 15, 2021 Visual Art Source Weekly Newsletter. My exhibition is up through May 29, 2021 and you can view more works at:

https://click.artcld.com/current-gallery-exhibition?sub=slateart

Early Morning in the Studio with Phoenix..

This is me early in the morning working on “Phoenix.” Getting up early means complete concentration. 😀 I needed to draw on both sides of this 11 foot installation and this was the only way! This piece was both a psychological and physical test for me. Sometimes the challenge of working this large felt overwhelming but ultimately I got there one day at a time!

View this installation on Saturdays at Slate Contemporary Gallery in Oakland, CA. They are open from noon-5pm and weekdays by appointment. The show is up through May 29th! ❤🌷

https://click.artcld.com/current-gallery-exhibition?sub=slateart


Photo credit: @alwongart