School of Art Visiting Lecture Series: Adrian Wong

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Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Wong's works consist of installations, videos and sculptures that draw from various subjects such as 1970s television shows and the artist's relationship to his environment, particularly Hong Kong. 

"The work that I tend to do is not so much abstract representational sculpture. I tend to make things as what they are. My first year in grad school, I spent a lot of time learning how to build boats," said Wong in TimeOut Hong Kong.

The art critic Robin Peckham wrote, "The most significant aspect of his growing body of work is its willingness to play fast and loose with the hallowed if commonplace signifiers of culture and identity, loosening the binds between object and narrative, image and context in a way that contributes back to the parent culture even as it presents highly stylized and aestheticized (but never iconic) depictions of these visual styles to an imagined theatrical audience via a vaguely universal and totalizing sensibility." 

His work has been included at the Hong Kong Sculpture Biennial, Saamlung Gallery in 2012, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Louis Vuitton Fondation pour la Création, Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, LOOP Media Art Center and Kunsthalle Wien. MFA, 2005, Yale University. 

Exhibitions: Drawing Center, New York; Kuandu Museum, Taipei; Kunsthalle Wien; Kunstmuseum Bern; Kunstverein, Hamburg; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; Palazzo Reale, Milan; Saatchi Gallery, London; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. 

Publications: Art Asia Pacific, Artforum, Art in America, Harper's Bazaar, Monocle. 

Bibliography: Hatje Cantz, JRP Ringier, Nouvelle Editions Scala, Verlag für Moderne Kunst. Collections: DSL Collection, Paris; K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong; Kadist Foundation, San Francisco; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing; Uli Sigg Collection, Lucerne. 

Awards: HKADC Project Grant 2010/2015; Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2014; Xian Rui Artist Excellence Award, 2013.