Pudy Tong’s art practice draws on elements from journalism as the subject through which our experience of contemporary, media-saturated society is refracted, re-interpreted and re-imagined. Not only is the newspaper an interesting material artifact due to its ephemerality, also presents therein a distilled snapshot of the world, a multi-dimensional mosaic that weaves together a wide narrative of collective experiences: documenting tragedies and celebrations, marking achievements and failures, announcing births and deaths. The history of news dissemination technologies also neatly parallels and intersects that of printmaking, making this pairing of form and content fertile grounds for inspiration and discovery.
Pudy Tong is a lithography instructor and custom printer at Open Studio. He received his BFA from the University of British Columbia Okanagan (2007) and an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (2010). As the 2017 Nick Novak Fellow at Open Studio, Tong is currently working on a spot the differences activity booklet using film stills taken from the 1976 movie “All the President’s Men.”