“The use of duality in my paintings is an effort to utilize the complex dynamic of pairs – that the simple existence of two forms of the same figuration results in some level of contrast, duplication, comparison, repetition, or even implication motion or progression. This visual alliteration conjoins different areas of the painting surface to one another, forming relationships between the shapes comprising the painting and, hopefully, into a unified representation.” — 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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