Tai is an un-disciplinary artist & educator who thinks through sculpture, talking, writing, performance and experimental exhibitions.
Their artwork focuses on neurodivergent experience, labor, and politics. They have partnered with neuroscientists, academics from critical psychiatry, artist collectives, disability justice social media influencers, and somatic therapists to co-create accessible resources particularly around mental health, potentially as a form of anti-capitalist solidarity.
He and his artwork have been described as ‘Pathologically Curious’, a lovely, tender way of describing his neuro-divergent ADHD (aka Time-“Blindness”, aka Intention Deficit Disorder, aka Interest-Based Neurotype.)
Some of their work is setup systematically so that their focus is on the way that I want to elicit a response from a specific audience. Other works are intentionally not efficient, and more like love letters where they come to know someone or something through the process of making the work.
Cedric Tai, born in Detroit (1985), has an Art Education degree & BFA 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.
Awards: 2009 Kresge Artist Fellowship, 2015 Knight Foundation Challenge Grant, 2016 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, The Brutus Fund at Yucca Valley Art Material, CA, and has an upcoming A-I-R at Sculpture Space, Utica, NY.