“I find that estrangement and nostalgia are never mutually exclusive regarding one's sentiments of their own adolescence. There is often an unsettling comfort in the times one wishes to forget. Alternatively, there exists a tragic ephemerality of the times that seemed so timelessly joyful. The paintings offer a surface for these contrasting qualities to settle. Scene: Learning how to ride a two-wheeled bike is usually a fundamental moment in growing up, but it kind of sucked for me.” — Adrian Kay Wong
Adrian Kay Wong (b. 1991) presents encapsulated moments that display a focused lens on the intimate, familiar, and human connection. Wong explores the interactions between negative space and figure, segmenting his surfaces with shapes that are collectively representational, but independently function as abstract forms. By exacting an extreme flatness that forces ground and figure on more equal planes, Wong also levels the attention between primary subject and contextual elements. The paintings are distinctively personal through the portrayal of narratives that are often sourced from his own adolescence. By investigating these sentimentalities with a deliberate and measured simplicity, Wong attempts to glorify the ordinary and reimagine the everyday. Wong was raised in the east San Francisco Bay area and now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. after receiving his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013.
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