about

contact: rongwrong@gmail.com

bio

I was born in Sharon, a small Ontario town. When I was growing up this was a semi-rural community and the legacy of the 1970s—long hair, big cars, loud stereo systems and hard rock on vinyl—still had influence. My father was born in Italy and discovered what it meant to be Canadian in a big backyard, a canoe, camping trips, rock bands and beer. I grew up in this mix of Italian Catholicism and hard-rocking working-class Canadiana. I now live in Hamilton, and the city’s cultural identity of declining industrial manufacturing, its DIY spirit and salvaging culture influences my work.

I received my BFA in Media Arts from NSCAD and my MFA from the University of Guelph. My work has been shown in variety of settings across Ontario, including public galleries, artist run centres, and at art and music festivals as site specific installations. Recent shows include the in/Future festival in Toronto and the Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art. In addition to sculpture and installation, I create sound compositions and have a record coming out soon with Geej Recordings. I am also part of an art collective/heavy metal band called Shit Pyre and am an active member of Casino Artspace, a collaborative studio/gallery/art collective in Hamilton.