Adrian Wong: READING ROOM REVISITED
September 25—December 31, 2020
Carrie Secrist Gallery is pleased to present a special online and in-person event, Adrian Wong: READING ROOM REVISITED. Beginning September 25, Adrian Wong—in collaboration with Lynn Schuster, a noted telepathic animal communicator—will be offering telepathic readings to those interested in learning more about their pets (living or deceased). These readings, which present animal spirits the opportunity to commission a unique artwork, will be conducted via online video conferencing service with both the artist and Schuster through the end of the 2020. For each completed reading, Wong will develop a maquette, tabletop model, or small canvas based on the specifications provided by the animal. These small artworks may then be re-developed into full-sized commissions in collaboration with the participant, artist, animal communicator, and pet.
The OVR for Adrian Wong: READING ROOM REVISITED will go live September 25 at 10AM.
In conjunction with READING ROOM REVISITED, Carrie Secrist Gallery will host a by-appointment-only exhibition of recent work at our space located in the West Loop. This physical exhibition will feature previous collaborative projects, as well as sculptures from a new series that Wong has recently completed.
READING ROOM REVISITED is a continuation of Wong’s solo presentation at the 2020 Armory Show, completed days before a state of emergency was declared and New York City shut down. Driven by his interest in contemporary mysticism and New Age spiritual practices, Wong’s research has run the gamut from Taoist geomancy, to secret societies in the American rust belt, to birthday clown alchemy guilds. He has worked with practitioners in the field of animal communication since 2012 and has collaborated with the Institute of Animal Communication (Hong Kong) and Gurney Institute of Animal Communication (Los Angeles) on various projects in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. For a review of Wong’s participation in the 2020 The Armory Show please click here.
Adrian Wong will also be our feature artist in EXPO Chicago’s EXHIBITION Weekend September 25–27, 2020. EXHIBITION Weekend is a digital initiative that convenes Chicago-based contemporary art galleries and leading institutions, featuring current exhibitions, curatorial projects, and artist programs. To virtually visit the fair between September 25 and 27th, please click here.
Virtual readings with Wong and Schuster are available after September 27 through December 31, 2020, will be 45 minutes each and are $200. After the reading is complete, there will be an option to receive a detailed artist rendering and collectable object (see above) the animal described for $1,000. From there, the collector will have the opportunity of commissioning the object in full scale. To schedule a virtual reading with Wong and Schuster, please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To schedule an appointment to see READING ROOM REVISITED in person please visit our reservations page.
Adrian Wong was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois in 1980. Originally trained in psychology (MA Stanford, ‘03),he began making and exhibiting work in San Francisco while concurrently conducting research in developmental linguistics. He continued his post-graduate studies in sculpture (MFA Yale, ‘05). 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 WithCenter for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam)—and can be found in public and private collections worldwide,including the 21C Collection (Chicago), DSL Foundation (Paris), K11 Art Foundation (Shanghai), Kadist Foundation (San Francisco), M+ Museum (Hong Kong), Sifang Museum (Nanjing), and the Uli Sigg Collection (Lucerne).
The Violet Rays (vers. 2), 2020
Neon Glass, wood
48 x 48 x 8 inches
Snoopy ca. 1992, 2020
Digital print on paper
36 X 30 inches, framed
LENTICULAR COMPOSITION no. 13 (Eight Cats/Two Cats), 2020
Found lenticulars, walnut, Masonite, enamel
13 x 16 x 3 inches
Past Life Portrait (Lion), 2020
Acrylic on canvas, framed
36 x 36 inches
Installation View, Adrian Wong: Reading Room, New York City, March 2020.