heading the shaped canvas series

It was intended to mirror the industrial beauty. The Shaped Canvas series covers the year 1968 to 1972. The efforts represent Dr Choong's response to the call of science and technology in the nation in search of progress and development at that time. The idea to join several small canvases to form the shaped canvases is to symbolize the notion of assembly system in the then contract manufacture industry in the 1960's and 1970's in Malaysia. The hard-edged configurations also mirror the notion of precision beauty in industry. For this reason, the gestural marks and strokes were deliberately eliminated. Instead, clean surface, complimentary colours and geometric shapes were employed to create optical illusion which gave an exciting visual phenomenal. The notion of "colour is shape and shape is colour" was deftly pursued.
在这系列中「色彩即形态」而「形态即色彩」是工艺系統及工业美的反映。多边形系列创作于 1968 至 1972 年间,試图以创作去表述 他对国家致力推动发展工艺的响应。以类似工厂中的组装系统手法,把小件画作拼组成多边的造型,这些以准确的的硬边画面和平塗色彩的构图,反映了工业美及系统的准確性之美。在表现手法上,刻意把画面上的笔触和色调变化予以免除,僅以干净利落的方形和长方形的几何图形及互补色,去产生视觉上可前可后的幻觉构成,並充份运用色彩的前进或后退的幻觉功能去营造模拟兩可的形态和空间关系。把「色彩即形态」而「形态即色彩」的概念充分发挥而营造了震撼性的視觉效果。
 
F1 Illusion 1969   F2 Display of Form 1969
Illusion   Display of Form
1969   1969
Emulsion on canvas   Emulsion on canvas
122 x 122 cm   152 x 122 cm
National Art Gallery Collection   Artist Collection
     
F3 Vibration 1969   F4 Monumental 1969
Vibration   Monumental
1969   1969
Emulsion on canvas   Emulsion on canvas
213 x 152 cm   183 x 122 cm
National Art Gallery Collection   Artist Collection
     
F5 3 Classified Collectors 1970   F6 Distorted 1970
3 Classified Collectors   Distorted
1970   1970
Emulsion on canvas   Acrylic
153 x 276 cm   122 x 122 cm
Guangdong Museum of Art, China Collection   Shah Alam Art Gallery Collection
     
F7 Projection 1970   F8 Advancing Receding 1971
Projection   Advancing & Receding
1970   1971
Emulsion on canvas   Emulsion on canvas
244 x 122 cm   122 x 163 cm
Artist Collection   Artist Collection
     
F9 Mighty Projection 1971   F10 Integrated 1971
Mighty Projection   Integrated
1971   1971
Emulsion on canvas   Acrylic on canvas
155 x 122 cm   153 x 153 cm
Artist Collection   Shah Alam Art Space Collection
     
F11 Volumes in Flight 1972   F12 Paradox 1972
Volumes in Flight   Paradox
1972   1972
Emulsion on canvas   Acrylic on canvas
152 x 152 cm   183 x 183 cm
Artist Collection   Shah Alam Art Space Collection
     
Alternation 1969   Volumic Display 1982
Alternation   Volumic Display
1969   1982
Acrylic & emulsion on canvas   Acrylic on canvas
152.5 x 213.5 cm (approx.)   122 x 183 cm (approx.)
     
Dynamic Projection 1983    
Dynamic Projection    
1983    
Acrylic on canvas    
152.5 x 183 cm (approx.)    
     
     

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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