CCC’s XianRui 2012 program is pleased to present Orange Peel, Harbor Seal, Hyperreal, 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 was also selected as one of 31 international artists to participate in the Asian Art Museum’s concurrent Phantoms of Asia contemporary art exhibition (May 18 – September 2), and relies 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.
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.
Xian Rui 2012 Opens Saturday, May 12
General Opening and Gallery Tour with Adrian Wong, 1:00pm, in the CCC Gallery
Also on View: See Fei Contemporary Art Center Video Exchange Project list of videos on view during Orange Peel, Harbor Seal, Hyperreal
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.