Trevan Wong (°1956, Vancouver, Canada) constructs conceptual photographic art as a proud and patriotic Canadian. Wong’s aesthetic seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and chaos that articulates the stream of human condition. Objects depicted only exist as metaphors to punctuate the importance of cooperation as necessary in order to aspire to a sociologically utopian existence in a multicultural nation such as Canada.
His photos, though organic, sometimes radiate a cold and latent violence. At times, disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness, along with the conciseness of the exhibitions, further complicates the reception of their manifold layers of meaning. With a conceptual approach, he uses a visual vocabulary that addresses many different social and political issues. The work incorporates time as well as space – a fictional and experiential universe that only emerges bit by bit.
His works bear strong political references. The possibility or the dream of the annulment of a (historically or socially) fixed identity is a constant focal point. By merging several seemingly incompatible worlds into a new universe, he approaches a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical and believes in the idea of function following form in a work.
His works directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context.