Saturday, June 26, 2010

RIP Tobias Wong

Designer and artist Tobias Wong hanged himself last month, possibly while sleepwalking. There was no suicide note, no sign of depression, rather an upswing in his career and personal life.

He was best known for his "paraconceptual" art pieces, like the silver cold pills:
Allan Chochinov, the editor in chief of Core 77, a design Web site, remembered the first time he met Mr. Wong. It was the late ’90s, and he was walking down Prince Street when he ran across the boyish designer standing next to a folding table selling capsules — the sort cold medicine comes in — filled with silver leaf.

“I picked one up and said, ‘So you eat these?’ He was like, ‘uh huh.’ ‘And it turns your poop silver?’ And he said, ‘yep.’ ” Mr. Chochinov recalled.
The New York Times article is fascinating.

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