PAUL WONG'S THRU THE TRAPDOOR
Paul Wong has been at it again...
With the help of his gang at On Main Gallery, Wong curated a block-buster of an art show that felt more like an illicit warehouse party than it did a white cube. The site-specific works of over thirty participating artists were installed throughout the warren-like space of the storage lockers below VIVO/On Main. The result was a labyrinthine funhouse that was filled with surprises.
Winsor artists were represented well in the exhibition, from Brian Howell's carefully considered installation of found objects to Attila Richard Lukacs' racy polaroids (installed at street level in the gallery window). A painting by Charles Rea hung in a gutted room lit by a handful of fluorescent bulbs; it was transformed into something eerie and nostalgic by its setting. Even Wong had a single work in his own exhibition: a found mound of concrete located near the entrance to the show, painted to resemble a gold mountain in memoriam to "Chinese gold-miners, rail-workers, and sojourners."
All in all, we were surprised and delighted by Paul's subterranean spectacle, and count ourselves lucky to have been able to be a part of such an endeavour. Looking forward to seeing what Paul's going to get up to next!