Chicago

Adrian Wong, The House That Snoopy Built, 2019, mixed media, 96 × 105 × 36".

Adrian Wong, The House That Snoopy Built, 2019, mixed media, 96 × 105 × 36".

Adrian Wong

Carrie Secrist Gallery

In 2013, Adrian Wong was approached by the custodians of an extremely rare complete triceratops skull. They requested that he transform it into an artwork without damaging it in any way. (The owners hoped to take advantage of a Hong Kong law suspending sales tax on works of art.) While the commission fell through, the series Wong began in 2015, “Communiqués from the Rainbow Bridge,” is ongoing. The oil paintings superimpose red text atop blurred images of the dig site where the dinosaur’s remains were discovered. The writing details episodes from the creature’s life as received by twenty-five students from Hong Kong’s Institute of Scientific Animal Communication (ISAC), supervised by its founder, Thomas Cheng, and fellow telepathic animal communicator Rosina Arquati. They vary from cold reportage (I WAS KILLED BY A VOLCANIC ROCK) to poignant lament (MY GREATEST REGRET WAS THE TIME I

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