NAOMI REIS, JEREMY WAGNER, MATTHEW TRYGVE TUNG, KRISTEN LIU-WONG

Urban Landscape

June 13 - July 20, 2013

Kristen Liu-Wong

Kristen Liu-Wong

Landscape Diptych  

2013  

Acrylic on Wood Panel  

16 x 20 inches (each)

  

Matthew Trygve Tung

Matthew Trygve Tung

Holbeck Towers  

2012  

Graphite and Gouache on Paper   

45 x 82 inches (2 panels, each 45 x 41 inches)  

  

Naomi Reis

Naomi Reis

Vertical Garden Tropical  

2012  

Hand cut acrylic and Ink Drawing on Mylar  

45 x 30 inches  

 

Jeremy Wagner

Jeremy Wagner

Institutionalized    

2010  

Rust, Charcoal, and enamel paint on steel panel  

48 x 64 inches 

Kristen Liu-Wong

Kristen Liu-Wong

Brother’s Keeper: A View  

2013  

Acrylic on Wood Panel  

48 x 36 inches   

 

Jeremy Wagner

Jeremy Wagner

A Tree Grew in Brooklyn  

2011  

Rust, Charcoal, and enamel on steel  

40 x 50 inches  

Matthew Trygve Tung

Matthew Trygve Tung

Forest Gate  

2012  

Graphite and Gouache on Paper  

42 x 57 inches   

Naomi Reis

Naomi Reis

Vertical Garden Headlands  

2013  

Hand cut acrylic and Ink Drawing on Mylar  

45 x 30 inches  

Press Release

BLANK SPACE is proud to present Urban Landscape, featuring the works of four young artists (in alphabetical order): Naomi Reis, Matthew Trygve Tung, Jeremy 

Wagner, and Kristen Liu Wong.  

 

Employing different methodology and materials, these artists examine architecture and the built environment to traverse between fictional and nonfictional space and 

time. Juxtaposing the historical with the contemporary, the manmade with the natural, and the imaginary with the real, the exhibition challenges viewers to see 

how constructed spaces shape and alter our everyday experiences. 

 

Naomi Reis presents a selection of collage paintings from her series titled “Vertical Gardens," in which the Hanging Gardens of Babylon are reinterpreted as 

international-style skyscrapers floating in an uninhabited landscape. At both fantastical and realistic, Reis’ modernist forms, overgrown with rooftop greenery 

constructed from dozens of hand-cut mylar drawings, combine the ideals of a contemporary utopia with the splendor of a legendary past.  

Taking buildings in states of breakdown and decay as his subject matter, Matthew Trygve Tung’s drawings reflect our constant struggle against entropy. Finding the 

inherent beauty in the erosion of materials over time, Tung states, “Repetition magnifies imperfection, which in turn is mirrored by my mark making.” 

 

Jeremy Wagner works directly on sheets of steel, which plays an integral role in his unique compositions, subject matter, and techniques of his works. Depicting 

scenes of daily life, Wagner’s vernacular highlights the spatial poetics occurring in the geometric forms of architecture and nature. By emphasizing the lines, texture, 

colors, and forms, his work offers a transformed way of looking at our surroundings.  

 

Kristen Liu Wong offers inventive imagery rife with architectural details, delivered through multi-layered narratives. The artist’s subjects, often derived from fictional 

stories, books, or films, are deconstructed, reinterpreted, and enlivened by her imagination and personal experiences. Using fictional stories and theatricality, the 

artist offers a timeless and universal perspective on human interaction with our environment in a youthful, humorous voice.