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.
It is my greatest pleasure to be able to show these works in such a setting and I feel a humbling sense of gratitude to the gallery; TAPG - for putting this show together in such an amazing fashion. I hope the work resonates with you, as it did for me, and I hope that you will be able to take away something of value in the course of viewing and experiencing the show – Nicholas Choong.
The Art People Gallery is proud to showcase Nicholas Choong’s solo exhibition on Artsy and Artsteps “A Rip in the Fabric of Time”.
Video Credit by Nicholas Choong, represented by The Art People Gallery
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