“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) paints encapsulated moments that focus on the intimate, familiar, and human connections. Wong explores the interactions between negative space and figure, segmenting his surfaces with shapes that are collectively representational and function independently as abstract forms. The paintings are distinctively personal, portraying 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.
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