“Often my work begins from the observation of a graphic relationship or 'event'. That is, in this painting, the utilization of the circle through the wine glass, its base, the opening of the glass, the casted shadow, and the apple. These shapes establish a strict composition of four quadrants on the painted surface, which, reflected in many other of my works, exhibits my pragmatism in visual organization and prioritization of composition. This visual alliteration aims to create a sort of subtle dynamism and instill a sense of cohesion. That cohesiveness is not only visual, but extends to the narrative implication of these objects representing a specific memory or perspective.” — 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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