Past News at Kluge-Ruhe

Jason Wing at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection • Thursday May 17, 2012

Jason Wing, Do Not Forget, 2011.

On May 18, the Kluge-Ruhe Collection opens a new exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal art titled People of Substance by Jason Wing. This exhibition includes a variety of site-specific installations by the artist, including Blacktown Dreaming, a bed composed of hypodermic syringes.

People of Substance explores the idea that drug and alcohol abuse among Aboriginal people is a by-product of colonization, and addresses the fact that this is often overlooked by mainstream Australia. Rather than reinforce negative stereotypes, Wing aims to openly address the issue of addiction in regards to both Aboriginal Australia and the wider community.

Wing’s visit May 13 – 19 includes the installation of People of Substance, the presentation of an Artist Talk on May 17 at 7:00 pm, and an Opening Reception on May 18 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Wing is a Sydney-based artist of Chinese (Cantonese) and Aboriginal (Biripi) heritage. In early 2012, Wing launched a major public art commission titled In Between Two Worlds for the City of Sydney, which engulfs a 200-meter lane in the heart of the Chinatown precinct. After leaving Charlottesville, Wing will participate in a seminar presented at New York University by the International Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research (INDAAR) on the future of Asian art. He is represented by Arc One Gallery WING in Melbourne. In addition to his ongoing art practice, he is an art therapist for people with physical and mental disabilities.