Over the past 20 years, Malaysian artist Chang Yoong Chia has developed a broad practice, involving painting, painted objects, installation, collaboration, and performance, drawing from his own personal narrative as well as his interest in the natural world and human history.
In How Are You? I Am Well, Chang begins to tell the story of how and why he became an artist. Reaching back to childhood memories, he presents a new body of paintings, drawings, sketches and poems that explore the transformative magic of making art, and the relationship between the real world and the artistic imagination.
Centering around the motif of a well, paintings and drawings invite viewers to peer into its depths where strange and wonderful images take shape—a world of fables and fairytales, stars and planets, and marvelous creatures. Meanwhile, painted poems and the pun in the title of the exhibition itself give clues to its underlying concerns about the process of creativity, and finding a place and meaning for art and the imagination in life.
08/03/2018 - 07/04/2018
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
A+ WORKS of ART
d6-G-8 d6 Trade Centre, Jalan Sentul, 51000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Open in Waze
8 March – 7 April 2018
12nn – 7pm, Tuesday to Saturday
Closed on Sunday – Monday and public holidays
Saturday 24 MArch 2018
Chang Yoong Chia facilitated by Lee Weng Choy
A major exhibition will be held of the artist’s work from 1994 to 2016 at the National Art Gallery of Malaysia this coming October.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Chang Yoong Chia approaches art-making with a sense of wonder and exploration. The concept of metamorphosis is key to his choice of subject matter, material and process, and the rich imagery and narratives in his work are drawn from a fascination with both the natural world and the man-made, and his own place within them. Alongside drawing and painting on canvas, he has made works transforming overlooked objects from nature such as shells, leaves, and bones, worked with different communities to create embroidered portraits to remember the deceased, and painstakingly constructed maps of world history from postage stamps.
Chang Yoong Chia graduated in 1996 from the Malaysian Institute of Art, where he majored in painting, and lives and works in Kuala Lumpur. Chang held his first solo exhibition, Flora and Fauna in 2004, building on this series of autobiographical paintings and drawings to produce Flora and Fauna II in 2008 and Flora and Fauna III in 2009. A new body of works made from postage stamps collected by the artist since childhood was shown in The World is Flat in 2011 in Singapore, and the title work earned Chang a place as finalist in the prestigious APB Signature Prize that year. This was followed by The Immortal Beloved in 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Body of Water in 2016 in Tokyo, and Second Life in Sapporo in 2017.
Participating in residency programmes has created opportunities for the artist to engage with new stories and experiences, and exhibit his works to different types of audiences. Through 2006 he was artist-in-residence at Rimbun Dahan, and since then he has taken part in residencies in the UK, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, China, India, and Penang.
Important international group participations have included the 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (2005), Welcome to the Jungle (Yokohama Museum of Art & Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, 2013), Journey (Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2014), and Open Sea (Musée d’Art Contemporain du Lyon, 2015).