Tea is the world’s most popular drink. But what is the art of tea? And what is tea’s relationship with Zen and contemporary art?
Come spend an evening with Vancouver-based artist, Lam Wong, who will take us through his journey in the discovery of tea, and tell us about his wide-ranging art practice.
This program will have three parts. First, we’ll watch Lam Wong’s 67-minute documentary Tea Zen. He’ll then talk about his work and recent exhibitions, and we’ll end with a conversation with the audience.
About the artist:
Lam Wong is a visual artist and curator who immigrated from Hong Kong to Canada during the 1980s and studied design, art history and painting in Alberta and British Columbia. He has recently exhibited his work and performed at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Centre A, Canton-Sardine, Griffin Art Projects and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden where he has recently finished a two-year artist residency and produced five major exhibitions. He currently serves as Board Vice President at Centre A.
Wong works with painting, installation and performance to engage with themes such as the perception of reality, the role of art and the relationship between time, memory and space. He sees art-making as an ongoing spiritual practice and his work draws upon his knowledge of Western art history and his interest in Eastern philosophies of Taoism and Buddhism. Wong’s creative approach is often concerned with blending Eastern philosophies and challenging the notion of painting.
This event is part of Uplift Asian, a new programming series at VPL designed to celebrate Asian voices and push back against discrimination.
We are very excited to start offering in-library programs for adults and seniors. Please visit VPL’s In-Person Library Programs Spring 2022 page for details on how we are prioritizing safety at in-person events.