Hello, my name is Cedric Tai and I’d hope that my work tickles, cajoles and inspires people to consider their fears, limits and individual aspirations with curiosity. Recently someone said that I’m ‘Pathologically Curious’, which is the most tender way I’ve ever heard my ADHD (aka Time-Blindness, aka Intention Deficit Disorder) described back to me.
Some of my work is setup systematically (“Brixels” tessellations, the modular Velcro floor for “The Environment”, “Reverse-Pick-Pocketing” workshops) so that I can focus on the way that I want to elicit a response from a specific audience.
Other works are like love letters wherein I come to know someone through the process of making the work (The Opposable Thumbs invitation, solo shows where I give up authorship to another artist, remaking other friends’ artwork that may have been destroyed illegally)
What brings my work together is the magic element of PLAY. Play begins in the landscape of the unconscious, it’s made of doubt, ritual, grief, healing, honesty, tiny pleasures, guilt and responsibility. All of these elements are authentic and alive in my work, speaking to each other. That conversation is what I hope the viewer experiences.
Born in Detroit in 1985, he graduated from Michigan State University in 2007 with a degree in art education. Tai completed his MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2013. His visual art and writing practice spans Los Angeles, Detroit, and Glasgow.
Recent awards include the 2009 Kresge Artist Fellowship, a 2015 Knight Foundation Grant, and 2016 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship. Solo Exhibitions include “Concept Structure Torture Survival Title”, New City Space, Glasgow (2011), “Indirectly Yours”, Intermedia, CCA, Glasgow (2013), “We Need More ________!”, Re:View Contemporary (2014), and “Amateur Strategies”, UCLA (2016)