Alvin Luong is an artist living and working in Toronto. Luong fabricates identities and stories positioned between reality and fiction. The artist’s work is delivered with satire and conveyed through photography, video, performance, and social-practice. Acts of exclusion, oppression, and violence by institutions of governance, culture, and capitalism, are continually critiqued in the artist’s work.

Alvin Luong strongly supports and advocates for artist-run ventures and DIY cultural spaces. The artist is a co-director and programmer at Bunker2 Contemporary Art Container.


Alvin Luong

alvinluong.com // alvinluongart [ a t ] gmail [ . ] com


Artist
Co-Director and Programming, Bunker2 Contemporary Art Container
 

Education

2016    Hons. BA Visual Studies, University of Toronto
 

Solo Exhibitions and Projects

2018     The Young Comrade, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography - Members Gallery, Toronto, Fall 2018

2018     TBA, Sunday Drive, Summer 2018

2017     Sailors, commission by VTape and Reel Asian, (TIFF, Toronto)

2017     Soft and Precious (PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts, Winnipeg)

2016     Multiformat Multiform (Bachelour's Commission 2015, Trinity Square Video, Toronto) January 2016

Major Collaborative Projects

2017    FLAT, Bunker2, Toronto (with Alison Cooley, Ivana Dizdar, and Andrew Savery-Whiteway)

2017    Bidding War (with Ivana Dizdar, Y+ Contemporary, co-presented by Images Festival)

Group Exhibitions

2017    SHOW17, Idea Exchange, Cambridge ON

2015    Proof 22 (Gallery 44, Toronto)

Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition (UTAC, University of Toronto)

Video Fever 2015 (Trinity Square Video, Toronto)

2014    FKX-3 Festival (Free Art Academy Baden-Württemberg, Fellbach, Germany)

Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition (UTAC, University of Toronto

Video Fever (Trinity Square Video, Toronto)

2013    Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition (UTAC, University of Toronto)
 

Screenings

2018    Utopia Social Club (Double Double Land, Toronto)

2017    Reel Asian Film Festival 2017 (TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto)

            Sluice Art Fair 2017, London, England

2016    Running with Concepts: The Choreographic Edition, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga

2014    FKX-3 Festival (Free Art Academy Baden-Württemberg, Fellbach, Germany)

2013    FKX-2 Festival (Free Art Academy Baden-Württemberg, Fellbach, Germany)  
 

Fundraiser Exhibitions and Initiatives

2017    Salon 44 2017 (Gallery 44, Toronto)

2016    YTB Gala 2016 (YTB Gallery, Toronto)

Mercer Multiplier (Mercer Union, Toronto)

Salon 44 (Gallery 44, Toronto)

2015    Photorama 2015 (Gallery TPW, Toronto)

Photopia 2014 (Gallery 44, Toronto)

 

Publications and bibliography

2017    Escape room game makes puzzle of city’s housing crisis, by Chris Hampton, The Toronto Star

            TO REINVENT THE REAL AS FICTION by Marina Fathalla, Bidding War, Y+ Contemporary

2016    Running with Concepts: The Choreographic Edition, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga

2015    Smart School Guide, Winter 2015, Canadian Art Magazine

The Cure By Image by Ricky Varghese, Proof 22 exhibition, Gallery 44

2013    OTP magazine volume 1

 

Awards and Grants

2017    Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant, recommended by Gendai

            OCAD University Off Screen Award, for Bidding War with Ivana Dizdar, Images Festival, recommended by YYZ Artists' Outlet

            Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant, for Bidding War with Ivana Dizdar

2016    Toronto Arts Council Grant, as Escape Contemporary Art Collective

            Ontario Arts Council Grant, as, Escape Contemporary Art Collective

            Registrars’ Graduation Award in the Humanities, University of Toronto (New College)

2015    John Wolfe McColl Memorial Award in Fine Art (University of Toronto)

Shelley Peterson Student Exhibition - first prize, juried by Julia Paoli

Bachelour's Commission Award (Trinity Square video)

Video Fever - third prize (Trinity Square Video)

2013    John Wolfe McColl Memorial Award in Fine Art (University of Toronto)

 

Artist talks

2018    Panel Discussion: Multi-source funding to support a lifelong career, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

            What is a minute in 2018? University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

            On Architecture: By An Architecture School Reject, University of Toronto, Canada

            Amazing Happens When All Things Align, Images Festival, Toronto, Canada

2017    Faking it, with Ivana Dizdar, Y+ Contemporary Art Gallery, Scarborough, Canada

            What is a minute? University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

2016    Your civilization suffers a complete collapsewith Patrick Cruz, (Co-presented by SAVAC & 8eleven Gallery

            Running with Concepts: The Choreographic Edition, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga

2014    Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition Panel Talk

 

Professional

2018   Gallery 44 - Folioform: guest critic for artists portfolio development

2017 - 2018   The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery - Gallery Attendant

           Images Festival - artist mentorship

2016 -2017    Camille Turner - artist assistant

            Aleesa Cohene - artist assistant

2013 - 2016 Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak – teaching, studio, and research assistant, University of Toronto

2015    Gallery TPW - research and programming assistant

Trinity Square Video - Summer Residency

2014 –  2015  Gallery 44 - intern

2014    ARTSIDEOUT 2014 Festival - commission

Roundtable Residency - Dragon Academy, Toronto, Canada.  

2013    An Te Liu: Mono No Ma – artist assistant