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Creativity Explored

Marilyn Wong

Marilyn Wong (b. 1949, Pennsylvania) joined the Creativity Explored studio in 1985. Though abstract in appearance, Wong’s works reference a diverse range of source materials ranging from the McDonald’s Hamburglar to Prince; pizza to 60’s surf flicks; Chinese paintings to an aerial photo of Allenstown, PA, where the artist was born.

Wong’s line is confident and gestural while simultaneously following a specific system of construction across her practice, from works on paper and sculpture, to her epic large-scale works on canvas.

Wong's recent paintings are often associated with maps. The pieces resemble aerial views of ruins or fortified settlements, but Wong's process is one that ultimately maps the human body. With anatomy and physiology textbooks as source material, Wong focuses on translating the minutely detailed anatomical drawings of cells, tissues, organs, and body systems into pure abstractions. Clusters of interlocking and dispersing patterns of circles, hatching and line are drawn with fine-point pens on unprimed linen. Her style is restrained and elegant, its depth implied in the muted colors of her marks and washes.

Once the code has been cracked, and the work’s content exposed, Wong’s method—particulate, staccato, flattened, fragmented—ultimately renders an emotional and psychological engagement with anatomy. Basic human concerns with health, knowledge, and the need to diagnose and improve push against the mysteries that surround the human body with superstition, fear, faith, and wonder. 

In addition to numerous exhibitions at Creativity Explored, Wong's work was featured in Bay Area Now 7, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, in 2014, Outsider Artists, at Oakland International Airport in 2013, Streetopia, at Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA in 2012, : / - Mark : / - Mark : / - Mark : / -, at Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA, in 2011, and Pro Arts Annual 2, ProArts at Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA in 2009.



Print Bio

Samples of Wong's work





Selected Exhibitions

2016
After Pop Life, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA
Ripe, Creativity Explored Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Resonating Resonance, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Tabula Rasa, Creativity Explored , San Francisco, CA

2014
Bay Area Now 7, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103

2013
Outsider Artists, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA
Breaking Barriers: Bay Area Artists with Disabilities, Marin Community Foundation Offices, Novato, CA

2012
Out of Order, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Fabulous, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Streetopia, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011
The Masters, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
: / - Mark : / - Mark : / - Mark : / -, Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA
Black and White and Read All Over, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2010
Spectrum, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Tiger Leaping Gold Mountain, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2009
Pro Arts Annual 2, ProArts at Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
Introductions, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2008
The Untitled, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2007
Shadowshine, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Naked, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2006
Sacred Places, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Drawing the Line, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2003
Japanese Rock n' California Roll, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA