Meet the artist

Adrian Wong

From archaic Taoist cosmologies to telepathic animal communicators

“I think the thing that’s kept me here all this time is that I can’t quite put my finger on what’s keeping me here. It’s that sense of not knowing that keeps drawing me back to the city.”

What’s your work about?
"My works are my way of processing the various confusing and often messy research interests I’ve developed over the years, from archaic Taoist cosmologies, to secret cabals of Chinese revolutionaries, to telepathic animal communicators. They are the half-baked stories, three-legged dogs, and affect-drenched homunculi left in the wake of my process."

What inspires you?
"I tend to be influenced by people I meet, animals I meet, little details that reveal themselves slowly over time, conversational digressions, and material that doesn’t fit neatly into categories."

Why have you chosen to live and work in Hong Kong?
"I first arrived in Hong Kong by accident. I’d come for a three-month holiday, and ended up staying for the better part of a decade. I think the thing that’s kept me here all this time is that I can’t quite put my finger on what’s keeping me here. It’s that sense of not knowing that keeps drawing me back to the city."

A bit about Adrian
Adrian Wong was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois in 1980. Originally trained in research psychology (receiving a Master’s degree from Stanford University in 2003), he began making and exhibiting work in San Francisco while concurrently conducting research in developmental linguistics. He continued his post-graduate studies at Yale University, where he received an MFA in 2005. He has been based in Hong Kong since 2005. His exhibitions include the traveling exhibition A Journal of the Plague Year I, II, & III , A Passion for Creation  for the Louis Vuitton Fondation pour la Création, and Hong Kong Eye  at the Saatchi Gallery. His videos have been screened internationally at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, and Kunsthalle Wien. His works are included in numerous public and private collections including the M+ Museum (Hong Kong), Sifang Museum (Nanjing), Kadist Foundation (San Francisco), the Uli Sigg Collection (Lucerne), the DSL Foundation Collection (Paris), and the William Lim Collection (Hong Kong).