heading towards modernism

During the his stay in New York in the 1960’s, Dr Choong was directly exposed to, and influenced by the various contemporary art movements especially the Geometric Abstraction and Minimalism. He has since produced the New York, Shaped Canvas and the SEA Thru series in late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Though there were influences from the Constructivism, Geometric Abstraction and Minimalism, these series do strongly reflect the relevant local contents of the time. For example, assembling small canvases to form larger shaped canvases was an conceptual approach to reflect the notion of assembly system in the factory when Malaysia was actively engaged in contract manufacture for advanced country in the 1060’s and 1970’s. In his SEA Thru series, he combined visual, physical, pigment colour and light colour to interpret the ancient thought of Yijing and Daoism. Such avant-garde approaches have in fact influenced the creative thinking of Malaysian contemporary art a great deal.
上个世紀六十年代锺博士在美国紐約留学,深受各种当代绘画思維,风格和表现方法的洗礼,冲击和影响,特別是几何抽象主义和概念低限主义的影响,回国前后创作了 “紐約,多边形和貫通” 三个系列,灵感和思維虽源自結构主义,抽象几何和概念主义,却有其自身的時代內涵。比如,以小画幅拼凑成大幅的多边形作品便是反映马来西亚在 1960 和 1970 年代接受先进国家委托制造工业中的组装系统概念的一种前卫概念的的创作手段。其贯通系列则融汇了民间艺术元素,现代造型予一炉。运用视觉,物理,塗剂色和光色等素材,结合当代手法去诠释传统儒道和易经的内涵。这种前卫的表现手法,影响马来西亚的当代绘画的创作思維至深。
     
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New York Series
纽约系列
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多边形系列
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drchoong kam kow
Dr. Choong Kam Kow is a well known
senior contemporary artist,
a leading art & design educationist and
an independent curator in Malaysia

FEDERATION OF ASIAN ARTISTS ASSOC.
MALAYSIA COMMITTE CHARIMAN
NATIONAL TAIWAN NORMAL UNIV. ALUMNI
ASSOC. SELANGOR VICE PRESIDENT
 
HON. DOCTOR OF ARTS (RGU. SCOTLAND, UK)
MFA (PRATT INST. USA) BFA (N.T.N.U. TAIWAN)
FULBRIGHT-ACLS RESEARCH FELLOW