Adrian Wong: Crossing The Rainbow Bridge

September 14—October 26, 2019


Carrie Secrist Gallery is pleased to announce Chicago-based artist Adrian Wongs solo exhibition with the gallery: Crossing The Rainbow Bridge.

Animal communication is a relatively new field of study, aimed at translating the behavior of animals to a language per se—thus allowing humans to predict and more deeply understand the motives and affective lives of non-human species. This has been applied not only to animals in their natural habitats, i.e. in the wild, but also to domesticated animals living alongside humans. Some fringe practitioners in the field have postulated that the modus of such communication takes place telepathically and at least partially on a plane of “pure consciousness” that can be accessed through concentration qua meditative focus, and further, that such communication can take place even after the animal spirit has left its corporeal form. Fascinated by the growing literature on the subject, Adrian Wong has pushed the boundaries of what is possible through the methods of animal communicators—from a wide range of schools, and spiritual and cultural backgrounds—to create the works assembled in Crossing The Rainbow Bridge.

For Dream Cosmography a cat, a dog, three hamsters, and two rabbits offered up their dream journals for analysis, presented here as a meditation on the origins of space and time. Telepathically Designed Bespoke Rabbit Warren II is an architectural form in glass and steel, built to the specifications of Ernesto, a Silver Marten rabbit, under the supervision of a structural engineer. The Violet Ray is a light and sound installation generated from a mediated conversation with Omar, the artist’s recently deceased Holland Lop rabbit. And The House that Snoopy Built is a kitty condo designed by Snoopy, a piebald cat, purportedly reincarnated as Omar—transmitted from across the Rainbow Bridge.

Works on view were produced in consultation with the Institute for Animal Communication, Thomas Cheng, Lynn Schuster, and Isabelle Yu.

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About Adrian Wong:

Adrian Wong’s installations, videos, and sculptures draw from varied subjects and explore the intricacies of his relationship to his environment (experientially, historically, culturally, and through the filter of fantastical or fictionalized narratives). These organic and open-ended artifacts of his process often involve a collaborative engagement with subjects.

Wong was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois in 1980. Originally trained in psychology (Stanford MA, 2003), he began making and exhibiting work in San Francisco while concurrently conducting research in developmental linguistics. He continued his post-graduate studies in sculpture (Yale MFA, 2005). Wong relocated his studio to Hong Kong in 2005, but recently returned to Chicago, where he currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited at The 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), and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam)—and can be found in public and private collections worldwide, including the DSL Foundation Collection (Paris), K11 Art Foundation (Shanghai), Kadist Foundation (San Francisco), M+ Museum (Hong Kong), Sifang Museum (Nanjing), and the Uli Sigg Collection (Lucerne).

Images

  • Adrian Wong: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge, installation view. Carrie Secrist Gallery, September 14 – October 27, 2019, Chicago. (Photo by Nathan Keay)

  • Adrian Wong: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge, installation view. Carrie Secrist Gallery, September 14 – October 27, 2019, Chicago. (Photo by Nathan Keay)

  • Adrian Wong: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge, installation view. Carrie Secrist Gallery, September 14 – October 27, 2019, Chicago. (Photo by Nathan Keay)

  • Adrian Wong: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge, installation view. Carrie Secrist Gallery, September 14 – October 27, 2019, Chicago. (Photo by Nathan Keay)

  • Adrian Wong: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge, installation view. Carrie Secrist Gallery, September 14 – October 27, 2019, Chicago. (Photo by Nathan Keay)

  • Adrian Wong: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge, installation view. Carrie Secrist Gallery, September 14 – October 27, 2019, Chicago. (Photo by Nathan Keay)

  • Adrian Wong: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge, installation view. Carrie Secrist Gallery, September 14 – October 27, 2019, Chicago. (Photo by Nathan Keay)

  • Adrian Wong: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge, installation view. Carrie Secrist Gallery, September 14 – October 27, 2019, Chicago. (Photo by Nathan Keay)

  • Adrian Wong: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge, installation view. Carrie Secrist Gallery, September 14 – October 27, 2019, Chicago. (Photo by Nathan Keay)

  • A Very Old Soul, 2019 Print on polyester 192 x 48 in

  • Telepathically Designed Bespoke Rabbit Warren No. 2, 2015 Powder-coated steel, plywood, glass, cork, artificial turf 77 x 152 x 152 cm 30 x 60 x 60 inches

  • Communiques from the Rainbow Bridge No. 2, 2015
    Oil on canvas
    40 x 60 inches

  • Communiques from the Rainbow Bridge No. 3, 2015
    Oil on canvas
    60 x 40 inches

  • Adrian Wong: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge, installation view. Carrie Secrist Gallery, September 14 – October 27, 2019, Chicago. (Photo by Nathan Keay)

  • With Deepest Sympathies, 2019
    Print on polystyrene
    67 x 48 inches

  • Telepathically Designed Bespoke Rabbit Warren No. 2 Annotated Schematics, 2019 Enamel on panel 41 x 58 x 3 in

  • The House That Snoopy Built, 2019 Plywood, PVC, foam, tubing, carpet 96 x 105 x 36 inches

  • The House That Snoopy Built Annotated Sketch, 2019 Enamel on panel 66 x 48 x 3 inches

  • The Violet Ray, 2019
    Plywood, pillow, crocheted sham, UV lights, speaker
    36 x 18 x 18 inches (base)
    12 x 48 x 48 inches (ceiling mount)

  • Peanut Butter Mountain View, 2013 Oak, laminate, stain, lacquer, enamel 53 x 64 x 3 inches

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