Play All San Francisco

In her third solo exhibition at I-20 gallery, Sherry Wong will showcase a series of group portraits on paper featuring members of the creative communities in San Francisco.  This series was exhibited this summer at CELLSpace, a non-profit exhibition space in that city.  Wong became the first visual artist to be invited to participate in Project 2048, an Artists in Residency Program that fosters experimentation and collaboration.

The series was inspired by the artist’s introductory experience with the city’s strong collective urge and feature members of the city’s underground culture, highlighting Wong’s interest in group dynamics and social cohesion. Play All was originally conceived as part of Wong’s residency at CELLSpace.  Working in
the manner of a court painter, her portraits are highly posed with symbols of each particular group’s status in society.  Featured groups include the DJ collective Brass Tax, San Francisco community group the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the band Like Evil, rapper MC Frontalot, DJ collective Strategik, and members from the bands Vetiver and Little Joy.
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Sherry Wong was born in 1978, and raised in Turkey and Great Britain.  She received a BA in Studio Arts at Smith College, and lives and works in San Francisco.  Her solo shows include a self-titled exhibition at Galeria 13 in Mexico City; Float On at AKUS Gallery in Willimantic, Connecticut; as well as two shows at at I-20.  Her work has been featured in group shows including Bonds of Love, curated by Lisa Kirk, at John Connelly Presents, New York; OnLine at Feigen Contemporary, curated by Charlie Finch; George Negroponte and Robert Storr; Beauty, curated by Mark Wehby, at Kravets-Wehby Gallery; and “Me, Myself and I,” curated by Paul Laster and Renee Ricardo, at Florida Atlantic University.