Jason Wing strongly identifies with his Chinese and Aboriginal Biripi heritage. Wing began as a street artist and has since expanded his practice to incorporate photomedia, installation and painting. Influenced by his bi-cultural upbringing, Wing explores the ongoing challenges that impact his wider community. Calling into question our understanding of history and of our current socio-political reality, Wing repurposes everyday objects and imagery, creating works that are both visually confronting and deceptively simple.
What binds us… has developed over many years with Jason spending time on Country, reconnecting with family and place, creating new work and exploring the intersection of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. In a sense this exhibition is about a homecoming, walking in the footsteps of ancestors and re-connection to family. Wing’s experience of practicing culture, listening to Country, exploring cultural object making cements further cultural understanding. Wing’s work challenges audiences and pushes concepts which will resonate long after you have viewed them.
What binds us… is on display at Manning Regional Art Gallery until to 21 July.
Wing is also currently exhibiting work at MONA, Tasmania, as part of Mine, by New Zealand artist Simon Denny. The show reflects on mining as a reflection of hope and anxiety about the environment, technology, and development.
The final room in the show is Curated by Jarrod Rawlins and Emma Pike, and features an assemblage of sculptures by a variety of artists selected by Mona: these depict humans at work, navigating a thorny relationship between technology, development, and human labour. Wing’s work is being shown alongside Kate Crawford and Vladen Joler, and additional artwork by Tony Albert, Sarah Contos, Fiona Hall, Ronnie van Hout, Sven ’t Jolle, Christopher Langton, Li Liao, Linda Marrinon, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, David Noonan, Michael Parekowhai, Niki de Saint Phalle, Patricia Piccinini, Julie Rrap, and Justene Williams.
Jason Wing is currently working towards a solo exhibition at Artereal Gallery in 2020.