Upcoming Exhibition

The Armory Show 2020 | Adrian Wong

March 5—8, 2020


Pier 90/Focus Section | Booth: F31

Fair Hours:

Wednesday, March 4: 11AM – 8PM (VIP Preview)
Thursday, March 5: 12PM – 8PM
Friday, March 6: 12PM – 8PM
Saturday, March 7: 12PM – 7PM
Sunday, March 8: 12PM – 6PM

Carrie Secrist Gallery is pleased to announce our solo booth presentation of recent (and still to be realized) artworks by Adrian Wong at the 2020 Edition of The Armory Show from March 5 to 8, 2020 in New York City.

In response to Focus Curator Jamillah James’s direction to “consider the ways in which artists construct a version of reality or self where the boundaries of fact and fiction are indistinct…”, Secrist Gallery’s booth will be divided into two parts that share and amplify this curatorial theme. The first room will present a selection of recent sculptures, photographs and paintings that Adrian Wong developed in collaboration with Lynn Schuster, a telepathic animal communicator. Then, passing through an archway, fair goers will encounter a portrait salon that will function as a “reading room”.

Over the course of the fair, Wong and Schuster will be on-site, during scheduled periods, to offer telepathic readings of fair goers’ pets (living or past). These readings may later be used to produce commissioned artworks similar to those in the booth, exclusively available during The Armory Show.

Options will include:

  • A custom piece of furniture / personalized habitat designed by the animal (i.e. a dog house, cat tree, terrarium, etc.)
  • A painted portrait of one of the animal’s past lives.
  • A cosmic geometrywall installation derived from the animal’s spirit.

The body of work on view—and limited series of commissions—propose a vast array of visual realities which may offer conceptual challenges to some, cosmic comfort to others…with a wide (Rainbow) Bridge in between.

As a graduate student in psychology at Stanford, Wong studied non-linguistic and extra-linguistic cognition, an interest that persisted into his sculptural investigations at Yale where his ideas developed visually and formally. In his broad-ranging practice, this interest led him to adopt a deeply collaborative approach—dependent upon language, yet gravitating towards spaces where communication pushes the limits of the speech act. This has manifested in his work with exorcists, geomancers, clinical hypnotherapists, energy field manipulators, sound healers, and notably, a years-long engagement with telepathic animal communicators. Fascinated by the growing literature on the subject, he has pushed the boundaries of what is possible through the methods of animal communication, drawing from manifold spiritual and cultural practices. In an early project, he assembled a team of twenty-five students from Hong Kong’s Institute of Scientific Animal Communication (ISAC) to summon the spirit of a 65-million-year-old triceratops (whose skull he was lent by an eccentric paleontologist) in an attempt to transcribe its autobiography. In a more recent project, he hired a structural engineer to assist in the production of intricate architectural forms, designed by his non-human studio staff and translated by Hong Kong-based telepath Isabelle Yu.

Wong’s practice took a personal turn when creating new works for a 2019 exhibition at Carrie Secrist Gallery. On the day he returned from a trip abroad, his beloved rabbit Omar passed suddenly. Wong used his conceptual practice to move through the grief by creating works in collaboration with Omar via conversations with Lynn Schuster, a renowned animal communication expert whose mission is to “help strengthen the bond between animals and their human families. [And] to create a safe environment to connect, communicate and advocate the needs, wants and desires for both animals and their guardians.” The resulting artworks included a 9-foot kitty condo—its design led by Snoopy, revealed to have been the artist’s wife’s childhood cat who later reincarnated as the recently deceased Omar. This work, The House that Snoopy Built, will be on view alongside several cosmic geometries revealed by Omar and portraits of his past lives painted by artists from all over the country (under the direction of Ms. Schuster and Mr. Wong).

Mirroring the journey of the artist to realize the works on view, fair-goers will have the rare opportunity to participate in the process themselves with Ms. Schuster and Mr. Wong at the Armory Show. These sessions will offer fairgoers a deeper understanding of the psyches of their non-human companions, and the resulting artworks will serve as a record of any specific details the readings may reveal.

Available reading slots are as follows:

March 4
11:00 – 11:30AM
11:45 – 12:15PM
12:30 – 1:00
1:15 – 1:45
2:00 – 2:30
2:45 – 3:15
3:30 – 4:00
4:15 – 4:45

March 5
3:00 – 3:30PM
3:45 – 4:15
4:30 – 5:00
5:15 – 5:45

March 6
3:00 – 3:30PM
3:45 – 4:15
4:30 – 5:00
5:15 – 5:45

March 7
3:00 – 3:30PM
3:45 – 4:15
4:30 – 5:00
5:15 – 5:45

March 8
2:00 – 2:30PM
2:45 – 3:15
3:30 – 4:00

If you are a fairgoer and you would like to schedule a reading, please contact the gallery at info@secristgallery.com or 1+ 312.491.0917.

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For questions about pricing, commissions and additional information about Adrian Wong and Lynn Schuster, please contact the gallery at info@secristgallery.com or 1+ 312.491.0917.

For Press inquiries, please contact Gallery Director Britton Bertran at britton@secristgallery.com.

For questions about 2020 The Armory Show, please refer to their website.

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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 performing 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

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

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

  • A Very Old Soul, 2019
    Print on polyester
    192 x 48 inches
    Edition of 10

  • Snoopy Rainbow, 2020
    Photograph on paper
    36 x 60 inches

  • Omar Rainbow, 2020
    Photograph on paper
    36 x 48 inches