Cultural Practice & Heritage

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“Taiji and qigong practices were instrumental in my recuperation from a colon cancer operation,” stated Dr. Choong. “During the practice, when the Qi (Chi) is properly manipulated, the body and mind will complement each other, and become harmonized and vitalized, according the Dr. Choong. Dr. Choong has been in recent years engaged in expressing the postures and moments of taiji, qigong and shaolin gongfu on his canvas to convey the sense of rhythmic vitality in the human body. The movements of human form is captured and frozen as a means to reveal the rhythm of qi (chi), the main energy for maintaining the vitality of our body and mind. It is a reflection of his personal experience in taiji and qigong practice which has helped him to stay fit after his colon cancer operation. The portrayal of body movements and postures of manipulating the qi or energy during taji, qigong and shaolin gongfu practices together with the incorporation of the gongfu manual texts (either in static form or running calligraphy) is to express a kind of visual dynamics and the associated meanings.
功夫系列所表达的是:少林和太极气功,东西南北,古今中外,存在久远,练功运气,身神互动,和谐通畅,健身养生,持之以恒,心旷神怡。在作品中对各种少林和太极运气動作与姿态的表述,并加入随意书法和印刷文字,是要表现一种深邃的文化象征和内涵。把少林和太极运气技法转变为视觉形态,让少林和太极精神在画面流露,以表达东方思维与精神。近年来,锺博士在画面上描绘各种少林和太极气功的运气动作及架姿,表达我们体内的磅礴气势。把各种运气的动作,凝定在在画面上,以显现一种维持身心气韵和谐的功力。这是一种他个人修炼太极气功以保健养生的实践经验的反映和表述。他于 2005 年动过肠癌手术后,开始打气功和太极拳,以健身养生,恢复元气。他以太极拳演练的各种架势动作为题材,完成这一系列的作品,表达自身的经验,更希望通过绘画作品,在马来西亚多元民族社会中,甚至世界各地,弘扬武术。在武术系列中,人物,传统图像,印刷文字和手写书法的交融配合,可以说是他的作品的独特风格。
 
Fit for Life 7 Taiji Series 4 2008 KUN008   Shaolin Spirit Worldwide 2011 KUN030
Fit for Life 7 (Taiji Series 4) (2008)   Shaolin Spirit Worldwide (2011)
Acrylic on Canvas  122cm x  122cm   Acrylic on Canvas  122cm x 122cm
             
             
Fit for Life 16 Taiji Series 13 2010 KUN017   Fit for Life 19 Taiji Series 16 2010 KUN020
Fit for Life 16 (Taiji Series 13) (2010)   Fit for Life 19 (Taiji Series 16) (2010)
Acrylic on Canvas  152cm x 122cm   Acrylic on Canvas  94cm x 74cm
             
             
Martial Arts Demo 5 2011  
Fit for Life 20 Taiji Series 17 Vitalizing The Qi 1 2013 KUN039
Martial Arts Demo 5 (2011)   Fit for Life 20 (Taiji Series 17)
- Vitalizing the Qi 1 (2013)
Acrylic on Canvas  122cm x 152cm   Paperbuilt & Acrylic  122cm x 152cm
             
             

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dr choongkamkow
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
MALAYSIA COMMITTE CHAIRMAN
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