Cedric Tai

From Cedric Tai’s artist statement:

“I recognise the importance of the jester, the fool, in turning our expectations against ourselves. Some works are created to provoke, or at least make us more conscious of the level of participation that is allowed at a given moment.

There is value in re-representing the many ways that indirectness is part of how we make meaning in our lives. People fall into ideal careers they didn’t know existed, fall in love by chance, but we still prioritise a perceived sense of control over embracing the unknown. My work propels me to have new experiences and to enjoy being a part of them.

I balance a prolific studio practice with volunteering in various art-related communities to inform my work. My exhibitions are comprised of gestures that respond to the absurdity within artistic practice and life.

This sometimes means creating overly complicated systematic approaches that result in non-exact, but conceptually simple outcomes.”


Cedric Tai, born in Detroit 1985, has his art education certification from Michigan State University 2007, and an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art 2013.

Represented by Simone DeSousa Gallery in Michigan he currently makes work and writes about art between Los Angeles, Detroit and Glasgow.

Recent awards include the 2009 Kresge Artist Fellowship, a 2015 Knight Foundation Grant and a 2016 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship.

Selected 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)