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Essentially Wing

Chapter


Abstract


  • Terms such as 'renewal', 'recycling' and 'rebirth' are frequently used in

    descriptions of the early graffiti-art practice of Jason Wing. They suggest

    environmental and spiritual motivations underpinning his development

    as an artist, as much as his capacity for appropriating, reassembling and

    repurposing the material world around him. His 'poly-cultural' heritage

    -Aboriginal, Chinese and Scottish- has enabled him to bring together

    Aboriginal 'rock art' influences, Chinese paper-cut practice and graffiti

    culture in a refreshingly hybrid art practice that, in its materiality, resonates

    with our urban environment while provoking a more politically attuned

    awareness of broader community concerns. More recently, Wing's practice

    has matured through a sharpening of his focus on the 'unsettled' business

    of 'settled' Australia. In the spirit of 'renewal' and 'rebirth' it seems

    appropriate that this essay should mark this transition in Wing's work with an

    acknowledgment of its 'beginning':

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Jones, G. (2014). Essentially Wing. In M. Poll (Eds.), Jason Wing (pp. 76-87). Sydney: Artspace. 2014

Book Title


  • Jason Wing

Start Page


  • 76

End Page


  • 87

Abstract


  • Terms such as 'renewal', 'recycling' and 'rebirth' are frequently used in

    descriptions of the early graffiti-art practice of Jason Wing. They suggest

    environmental and spiritual motivations underpinning his development

    as an artist, as much as his capacity for appropriating, reassembling and

    repurposing the material world around him. His 'poly-cultural' heritage

    -Aboriginal, Chinese and Scottish- has enabled him to bring together

    Aboriginal 'rock art' influences, Chinese paper-cut practice and graffiti

    culture in a refreshingly hybrid art practice that, in its materiality, resonates

    with our urban environment while provoking a more politically attuned

    awareness of broader community concerns. More recently, Wing's practice

    has matured through a sharpening of his focus on the 'unsettled' business

    of 'settled' Australia. In the spirit of 'renewal' and 'rebirth' it seems

    appropriate that this essay should mark this transition in Wing's work with an

    acknowledgment of its 'beginning':

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Jones, G. (2014). Essentially Wing. In M. Poll (Eds.), Jason Wing (pp. 76-87). Sydney: Artspace. 2014

Book Title


  • Jason Wing

Start Page


  • 76

End Page


  • 87