Subjective Uncertainty And the Will to Render Messiness

Adrian Wong will reflect on the operations of several recent and historical projects, in relation to their strategies for generating new meanings from existing bodies of knowledge—with a focus on his collaborative engagements from 2010-2021. At a time in history when reason and facts are in marked decline, this talk attempts to reconcile the cognitive dissonance produced by the instinct to knee-jerk into a defense of scientific consensus and a commitment to the spaces outside of empirical inquiry.

Wong was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois in 1980. Originally trained in developmental psychology (MA, Stanford ‘03), he pursued his post-graduate studies in sculpture (MFA, Yale ‘05). He maintained a studio in Hong Kong from 2005 until 2018, when he accepted his current position as Associate Professor 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, Kunstverein (Hamburg), 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.

Sponsored by the Sculpture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

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