Orange Peel, Harbor Seal, Hyperreal May 12 – August 25 2012
Orange Peel, Harbor Seal, Hyperreal, is the first solo exhibition in the Bay Area of the work of critically-acclaimed American artist Adrian Wong. The six new sculptural works, created specifically for the exhibition, excavate the similarities and parallels between the present architecture and design of San Francisco’s Chinatown and that of Hong Kong circa 1970.
Adrian Wong works in a variety of media including installation, video, and sculpture, relying heavily on a research-based method to explore the intricacies of his relationship to his environment — experientially, historically, culturally, and through the filter of fantastical or fictionalized narratives. He is based in Hong Kong, where he is the co-founder and director of Embassy Projects, an arts consultancy and independent production studio, as well as Los Angeles, where he teaches sculpture and critical theory at the University of California, Los Angeles. Wong made three separate trips to San Francisco in preparation for the exhibition at the CCC, spending countless hours wandering the streets of Chinatown. Based part time in Hong Kong, he was struck by the closely related, but distinct sense of nostalgia that asserts itself visually in both places. Recent exhibitions include the traveling exhibition Troglodyte See the Light, A Passion for Creation for the Louis Vuitton Fondation pour la Création, and the Hong Kong Sculpture Biennial. His videos have been screened internationally at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, LOOP Media Art Center, and Kunsthalle Wien.
Xian Rui 2012 Programs
May 11: Dine with Xian Rui 2012 Artist Adrian Wong
May 12: Exclusive opening of Orange Peel, Harbor Seal, Hyperreal Exhibition
May 15: Contemporary Arts in Dialogue: China, Iran, Australia, and the World
May 17-20: CCC at the San Francisco Fine Arts Fair
May 19: Xian Rui 2012 Artist Adrian Wong opens at the Asian Art Museum’s Phantoms of Asia
Xian Rui 2012 Opens Saturday, May 12
General Opening and Gallery Tour with Adrian Wong, 1:00pm, in the CCC Gallery
View Orange Peel, Harbor Seal, Hyperreal in progress!
Born in Chicago, Adrian Wong creates installations, videos, and sculptures drawing from a research based method. The works incorporate varied subjects exploring the intricacies of his relationship to environment (experientially, historically, culturally, and through the filter of fantastical or fictionalized narratives). The organic and open-ended artifacts of his process often involve a collaborative engagement with subjects. Since 2005, he has split his time between Hong Kong and the United States, where he has taught sculpture and critical theory at UCLA and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Wong holds an MA in psychology from Stanford University and an MFA from Yale University.