*Inspired by the Chinatown lighting store's window display and the fortune teller shop's domestic but commercial interior design

Mo Kong, Lounge of A Prophet (2022). Black MDF, Plexiglass, Dehydrated Fruits, Thermochromic Surface, Pickle jars, Oil-based scent defuser, "Chinese Smell", Distillation system, Herbs, Books, Ball Python, Audio (Fictional Writing), Hand below glass sculptures, Heating system, IPU fans. 180 x 84 x 156 in. Photo Credit: Brad Farwell.

Mo Kong is a multidisciplinary artist, researcher. They are currently residing in NYC. They received MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Their work is always deeply impacted by social events, coded by the “educational information system” to post questions about the current politic environment. Their research-led process usually takes the form of large-scale installations involving scientific research and multiple journalism perspectives in which they challenge key issues of the day using complex narratives that synthesize the past with the present. The systems they build normally merged multiple environmental crises and social politic issues, through scientific research and social investigation, they find the similarity between two systems and bring them to one narrative storyline.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991. In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.