CONTACT

William Wang

Los Angeles, CA
Fremont, CA
San Francisco, CA

info@williamwangstudio.com

STATEMENT

My work is an exploration of the changing relationship between organic and artificial spaces. I find inspiration from the places I have lived and draw from experiences with both sprawling suburban towns and dense city environments. I’m often drawn to the relationships between spaces, and the memories that certain textures and forms can bring forth. The play between light and shadow is an important part of each sculpture. I like to explore the meaning of voids, often times translating to the underground spaces buried below the surface, or creating the layers of spaces that exist between foreground and background.

I currently alternate between paper and wood, materials very different in density, tension, and flexibility. There’s a unique bond between the two, and I see the materials as the beginning and end of a story. All of the pieces connect and exist on the same timeline. In the Paper Earth series, I see the history of a place over time, and each piece is a snapshot of the world decaying, growing, ever changing.

BIO

Born in Taiwan, I’ve experienced living from the rural countryside of Southern Taiwan, to the dense smoggy city life of Taipei in the 80’s. I grew up most of my life in Northern California, where I watched our sparse farming town transform into a sprawling surburban space. Farm land was converted to historic drive-through theaters that were eventually demolished to make way for the latest fast food franchises. I saw the injection of new businesses drive life and traffic into a central hub, and just as quickly as it grew, so did it fade. Bigger, newer hubs were developed just a city away, and our once lively theater, dining, shopping plaza space became outdated, vacant.

As I studied at Berkeley, I found myself gradually drawn to urban living, and eventually moved to San Francisco. Where it lacked the open green fields just a walk away in the surburbs, hiking trails a short drive away, The City offered an exciting energy exchange only possible through the density of people and ideas. My travels back to Taiwan after two decades, as well as my visit to Tokyo, Japan for an exhibit and month-long stay redefined my understanding of urban living.

My experiences growing up and my travels greatly influence my impressions of the world, and I try to bring these memories into my work. I see a world where nature and human development struggle with each other, and I often think about how the balance shifts over time and whether one side will ultimately prevail.

SOLO EXHIBITION

2014  Monochromatic, Opodz, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA

COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS

2014  hUbxWW, Chugoku Region, Japan ( joint work with Happy Unbirthday )

2013  ArtMail, Tokyo, Japan / San Francisco, CA ( joint work with Riyo Namigata )

2012  ArtMail, Tokyo, Japan / San Francisco, CA ( joint work with Riyo Namigata )

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014  hUbxWW, Gozoen Gallery, Tottori, Japan

          hUbxWW, CHAQUE JOUR BRAVO, Matsue, Shimane, Japan

          hUbxWW, Oji Lobby, Odonooji, Yamaguchi, Japan

          hUbxWW, LOG, Hiroshima, Japan

          hUbxWW, Japan Rural Toy Museum, Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan

          Rock, Paper, Scissors Art Share LA, Arts District, Los Angeles, CA

          Hive Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

          Yanagiya Gallery, Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

          Gallery Yellow Passion, Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

2013  Nihiru Gyu Gallery, Nishiogikubo, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

          Gallery Mu-Rung Gallery, Nishiogikubo, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

          Gallery Yellow Passion, Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

2004  Marin Society of Artists, Marin, CA (Juried by Richard Shaw)