The Art People Gallery presents the beginning of a new art future – a virtual exhibition combining Virtual Reality Technology and digital platform on Artsteps and Artsy
A Rip in the Fabric of Time
6th June – 6th July 2020
A Rip in the Fabric of Time is an ode to this peculiar and trying time in our shared collective history. It's both a blessing and a bane to be able to show, work, think and reside in this pandemic that has afflicted and swept the world today. On one hand this silence has given us all time to think about and work on things that appeal to our nature and inspire us as human beings. On the flip side, it has given us pause to reconcile and consolidate the fragility of our existence - making us look inwards for clarity and hope.
And it is with these components and ideas that these works and subsequently, this show with The Art People Gallery - Came to be. In the works, I was looking for ways to break out from my comfort zone and to learn about new forms of art and new ways of making artworks, and in doing so - seeing the world and the work through new lenses. It is in this new light that allows all my work henceforth to be viewed and experienced in a new perspective. A great deal of letting go and accepting things - as they are - have begun to take precedence in both the works, and in the show.
The Membrane and Terra Firma Series of works were not meant to please crowds - but to fulfil a deep yearning inside me as an artist - to create works that are emotionally, spiritually and physically resonant. This speaks to the curiosity in me. Often the voice within says things like, 'Hey, what would it look like if you used only 2 colors?' or 'Hey, what if you applied paint in a more mechanical way - what would that look like?'. These works did just that, to silence and regard that voice. That intuition. The work also aimed to push the boundaries of what I feel, know, think, and create - as an artist - based on the curations that we all impose upon ourselves as creatives. In our minds we file, sort and store away ideas, feelings, thoughts, fears and hopes about our work and it is through the work (and the work had become a bit of a spiritual practice for me) that these frameworks are exorcised and exercised.
The Art People Gallery is proud to showcase Nicholas Choong’s solo exhibition on Artsy and Artsteps “A Rip in the Fabric of Time”.
ABOUT Nicholas Choong
Adept at drawing at an early age, Nicholas spent most of his childhood and teenage years drawing and painting in watercolors. As a youth, he was fortunate enough to be left alone by his parents - to his own devices, exploring creativity and curiosities which has led to his voracious appetite for making things of art and beauty.
In college, Nicholas studied the social sciences (psychology, philosophy, sociology), literature and loved maths - which has nothing to do with an art practice but which nevertheless informs his dialogue with his mediums and practices in his work today. After college he worked in the entertainment, media, events and post production industries, picking up relative skills like photography, graphic design, video production / editing, music and dance performance and music production which he has vigorously applied to his arts practice today. Not having had any formal arts education or training, Choong can be considered a self-taught artist.
Choong has always been guided by an intuition, a calling from within to produce something as a form of expression. Experimentation is a very important influence in Choong's work and he is not afraid to try new, uncomfortable ways of doing things. The fact that change is inevitable is at the core of Choong's work ethic and he constantly challenges himself to create new forms of work and to push the boundaries of his comfort zone at all times. Thus, deriving the 2 aforementioned series of works in the show; Membrane and Terra Firma.
Having made these works over the past year, Choong has also drawn from his experiences as a resident artist at Sembilan Art Residency Programme in 2016 and from his 3 month artist residency stint at Rimbun Dahan in early 2018. Not one to rest on his laurels, Choong continues to work in acrylics, watercolors, ink, oil, appropriating found materials and producing works on surfaces as diverse as paper, canvas, aluminium, medium density fibreboards as well as on plywood.