The Wriggled

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I posted this doodle in 2011, without a commentary, in one of those days that we are at a loss for words, where we are painfully wondering: what happened to that dream? And where we are truthfully discovering – we don’t have an answer. And then 4 years later, we find ourselves saying, “OK, I was wriggling. I took a walk in the woods. Now, I am ready to re-begin. Let’s get to work. I just needed some time to regain my clarity and intent.”

Peng-Ean Khoo
co-Founder
charKOL Pte Ltd
May 18, 2015

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4D3N Art In Nature June Holiday Programme in the Highlands

ART in NATURE – a first charKOL@Moonriver art programme

INTRODUCTION TO LAND/ENVIRONMENT ART
For learners of all Ages
Fee: S$500 (All Inclusive :Food, Transport & Accommodation)
Date: Thurs 24 June to Mon 28 June, 2009
Duration: 4 Days 3 Nights

LOCATION
Moonriver Lodge (www.moonriverlodge.com)
Sigar Highlands, Lojing, Kelantan, Malaysia
(10 Mins from Cameron Highlands)

INTRODUCTION
For over 70,000 years, human beings have been engaged with the environment and the land artistically.  During the late 1960s and early 1970s, artsists moved art outdoors from the galleries to engage the environment. Today, land artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and Wolfgang Laib have moved Land Art into the gallery using materials from the environment to transform the interior space.
As an underexposed contemporary art form in Singapore,  Land Art is an intriguing way to engage with nature and the public.  Singaporeans identify with the urban landscape,  as such, we will work towards stepping out of our comfort zones with materials such as water and light, earth, sand, grass and other natural or found materials.
Our aim is to invite ourselves and viewers of the artworks created to slowdown and contemplate the beauty and mystery of nature. Participants will learn how they can explore concepts through the use of natural materials.  We hope to provide an  experience of life by seeing and exploring the natural forces of the world and its multitude of connections and to more fully integrate that consciousness into our lives.

ARTISTS’ PROFILE
Twardzik Ching Chorleng, Singapore
Twardzik Ching Chorleng is an artist and arts educator whose practice centres around land art and interactive public art.  Recently nominated as an up and coming artist in Singapore in the Presidents Young Talent award 2009, she is one of the notable contemporary artist in South East Asia. She has exhibited extensively in group and solo exhibitions throughout Canada and Singapore and is a regular recipient of meritorious awards and scholarships including Hanna Kristmanson Ceramic Scholarship and the Ceramics Canada Award. Leng’s work is included in numerous public and corporate collections in Singapore and abroad. She holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from University of Regina, Canada, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics and a Diploma in Ceramic Arts from Alberta College of Art and Design, Canada. She is currently an active artist and full-time lecturer in the art department of the National Institute for Education at NTU and has an upcoming project at The National Museum of Singapore.

Vincent Twardzik Ching, Canada
Born in Canada, Vincent Twardzik Ching completed his  Bachelor of Fine Arts specialising in Drawing from the University of Regina, Canada in 1998 and has lived and worked in Taiwan and Singapore as an Artist and Art Instructor  for the past decade. Vincent has exhibited in Canada and Singapore including Plum Blossoms Gallery, Sculpture Square, Wetterling Teo Gallery,The Office Gallery,The Substation Gallery and most recently Charkol Art Gallery. Recipient of an Honourable Mention in the prestigious Phillip Morris Asean Art Awards in Singapore 2001/2002 he is currently a full-time artist and art Instructor at the Little arts Academy and a part -time lecturer for NTUC Seed Institute and Wheelock College in their early Childhood Development programmes.

REGISTER NOW!

Registration is now open. Early bird discount of 10% is applicable for those who register before May 28, 2010.
Email: moonriver@charkol.com for registration form

Please click the document for more info on itinerary and lodge.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010

-charKOL Poetry Studio, Singapore-
I have just managed to catch my breath to start posting again on The charKOL Journal. And the last posting was to usher in the new year for 2009! So, it’s been exactly a year. Where are we today? We founded charKOL in June 2008. It’s the craziest, scariest ride – the number of times we’ve had to re-examine ourselves.

To start and toss and turn, to start and toss and turn, to start and toss and turn, yet again. In our aspirations, in our activities, in our sleep. The countless of times we ask – do we go on? The countless of times of – no answer. I found out, nobody really says no. People who think no are already long gone. And nobody really says yes. Everyone seem to need a reason, a justification, an affirmation, a guarantee. And the one time that you do hear a yes, that is, if you even dare utter it, is your own heart. It is unsounded. Pounding. It is the beat that connects to the next dot. 

It’s when you know whoa – we’re still alive. Very much so.

During 2010, we closed our space at Mandai Orchid Garden, and with it our Gallery, Social Giftshop and Cafe, and kept just the charKOL Poetry Studio going.

TO THE SECOND DECADE
-PEK

Founders

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Peng-Ean Khoo

juggles the intricate duality as a business professional and a poet-artist.  A chartered accountant (ICAEW UK since 1997) by profession, Peng-Ean read Economics at Cambridge University, U.K.  She trained in London with Price Waterhouse in the Products Group, and subsequently, in the Technology Group, Boston of PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

As a poet-artist, Peng-Ean has read and exhibited in the Greater Boston area and Singapore. Her publications are included in international literary and other journals, websites, anthologies and magazines. She has since moved back to Singapore and started her own business consulting firm providing business advisory and solutions to start ups, creative businesses, and social business enterprises.

PEK has added Micro-Financing and Down Syndrome to her list of ponderings: motherhood and family, post-colonialism, environmental awareness, children’s rights.  She continues to explore what makes us human through art, poetry and entrepreneurship. She maintains a blog www.ponderwithpek.wordpress.com

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Twardzik Ching Chor Leng

has been practising Installation art and Land art for more than 10 years.  She has exhibited extensively in group and solo exhibitions internationally and locally. Founder of the arts group Landing Space that is active in promoting Land Art in Singapore, she is also an independent curator as well as a member of WITA (Women in the Arts). A regular recipient of meritorious awards and scholarships including the Hanna Kristmanson Ceramic Scholarship, the Ceramics Canada Award, and the Crown Life Entrance Award, Leng’s work is included in numerous public and corporate collections.

 Leng holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from University of Regina, Canada, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and a Diploma in Ceramic Arts from Alberta College of Art and Design, Canada. She has lectured in Lasalle College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and the National Institute of Education (NIE). She is currently the Head of Fine Arts at the National University of Singapore High School.

 

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Vincent Twardzik Ching

 is a full-time artist and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree holder from the University of Regina, Canada. A  recipient of  the Honourable Mention award in the Philip Morris Singapore art competition 2002- 03, he has been residing and exhibiting in Singapore since 2001 and is included in several private collections in Singapore and abroad. As an avid walker and observer of nature his work records the tropical urban environment through the study of colour combinations over specific times and places. His work gathers further impact from a personal   belief in humanity’s ability to find inspiration and renewal from such experiences.

With more than ten years teaching experience, enthusiasm and knowledge of the practical and theoretical aspects of visual art, he enjoys sharing his experiences and knowledge with students. As a teacher he firmly believes that all children can benefit from the visual art experience and takes as his teaching philosophy that each and every student is ,“a mine rich in gems” only needing encouragement and guidance to reveal their special qualities.

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Khoo Peng Keat

lives, breathes and coaches entrepreneurship. He is intimately familiar with building the enterprise support structure for start-up companies typically under bootstrap financing environments. Peng Keat provides business advisory in start-up matters ranging from kitting up an office, leveraging financing sources, stretching the working capital and constantly pushes his clients to realise their entrepreneurial dreams, especially when the going gets tough. 

Peng Keat holds a BA (Hons) Finance from University of Manchester, UK and acquired his MSc in Construction Management from University of Birmingham, UK in 1998. His areas of focus are eco-tourism resort township development and business development in the South-east Asia region. He is constantly evolving cost-effective virtual and real-time financial accounting and reporting systems that will improve operational efficiency and solve cross-border operational needs for start-ups and SMEs.