media release

“Cryptic Entity” wins BMO 1st ART! Award

August 16, 2012

Yi Xin Tong, (in New York), 917.371.4963,
Scott McLean, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

Post-Lithic Breakables - Yi Xin Tong
Photo on Flickr

Described as a “cryptic entity” by the artist, Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts alumnus Yi Xin Tong’s Post-Lithic Breakables has been named a regional winner of the 2012 BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition.

Tong, representing B.C., will receive a $5000 cash award, while his artwork will be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto from October 3-28.

Born in Lushan, China, Tong completed his visual arts degree at SFU this past April and is currently preparing to begin his graduate degree in fine arts at New York University this September.

Tong’s submission was one component of the work he created for his graduate exhibition, and features four intact blueprints that investigate the ideas of knowledge creation and the archaeology of the universe based on man-made and naturally occurring mounds.

“Depending on the viewer’s interpretation, it could represent a planet or even a virus,” says Tong of the piece that was selected from 235 entries.

“[The work] came to fruition through a really long process, originally it was just a mound that I matted with clay, and you can still see traces that connect back to the original mound. A mound is one of the oldest structures human beings have made for diverse purposes, utilized for habitation, and even for burial in death. We see the mound as it relates to civilization, we then look to alternatives to interpret the whole universe.”

The competition, in its 10th year, is Canada’s only national graduating artist competition and honours visual arts excellence in post-secondary institutions from across the country.


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