As ‘new norm’ standards set in around the world, artists everywhere are challenging themselves to create fresh forms of art that can be viewed in novel ways. Forgoing the traditional and embracing change can be a daunting prospect, the creatures of habit that we are, but for Malaysian artist Nicholas Choong, it’s part of a work ethic that lies at the core of his philosophy.
A Rip in the Fabric of Time is Choong’s latest solo exhibition, held in conjunction with The Art People Gallery, and it invites viewers on a digital journey using virtual reality technology. Choong offers up new perspectives here, literally and figuratively, that reflect the thought processes that have come about as a result of the pandemic and its fallout. Contemplation on the nature of our existence and self-reflection have acted as an inspiration to what’s on display here.
The exhibition consists of two bodies of work, The Membrane and Terra Firma Series, which Choong created as a response to his inner voice and its curiosity. “The 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 physical resonant,” reveals Choong, while also highlighting the fact that it created an opportunity for him to push his own boundaries.
Choong has worked in a wide variety of mediums and materials including acrylics, watercolours, ink, oil, canvas, aluminium, and fibreboards on plywood, and his first exhibition in 2020 sees him experimenting with the digital world to bring an immersive experience to viewers. Those that step into the virtual gallery will be able to explore and interact with the artwork in a 360 degree manner while listening to Choong’s commentary throughout. And if you need more details, just click on each piece for a further description.
For a totally new way of experiencing an art exhibition, make sure to check out A Rip in the Fabric of Time which goes live from 6 June to 6 July. Take a guided tour of the VR exhibition on Artsteps, and view it at leisure on Artsy. Log on to The Art People Gallery for more details.