“Undoubtedly, my recent figural works are marked by a distinct awareness of light and dark. Not only in a sense of exploring methodologies to represent them in terms of visual contrast, but also treating light as a physical body that illuminates, has trajectory, and an ability to isolate. Warm and cool colorations are common ways to distinguish light and shadow. Beyond that, however, are the implied notions of familiar and foreign, intimate and distant, clear and muddled.” — 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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