The New Conceptual
November 2008-January 2009
CharKOL Gallery’s inaugural exhibition entitled “The New Conceptual” is a group show of ten local and international artists. The show looks forward by looking back to the birth of conceptual art or idea art, where artists attempted to make art which was essentially unsalable in protest against the over-commercialisation of art. The spirit of the day was to create an art untainted by concerns for profit. The artists in this show have all persisted in creating their highly individualistic works and all are what you could term thinking artists. Regardless of the current or past trends they seem willing to put themselves on the line in order to pursue art which they feel is worth the effort.
Featuring Cheo Chai-Hiang, Cecily Cheo, Amanda Heng, Peng-Ean Khoo, Susie Lingham, Sakthivel, Vincent Twardzik Ching, Twardzik Ching Chor Leng, Brigid Watson and Joshua Yang.
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
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.
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.
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.
By Vincent Twardzik Ching
“My primary concern is in creating paintings that will not simply catch the attention, but will instead like nature, gradually reveal more of their complexities over time.”
When you reach the threshold of your physical limits and really expose yourself to the natural environment and weather conditions, it is easy to feel connected to life in a way that seems circumvented by the way we live our everyday lives. Painting is about this re-connection with natural processes. As children we had a spectacular engagement with our senses, the world was a tactile paradise where plants and objects shimmered in the sun and colours and shapes were experiences in themselves. Abstract paintings in particular, if not all artworks, are meant to be experienced firstly as a purely visual and present sensation. If you have ever enjoyed the sunset from the beach you were most likely not thinking, “oh, how beautiful that burning ball of hydrogen appears to be as the earth rotates…” you were probably not thinking at all, you were experiencing the absolutely riveting sensation of pure luminous colour and the cool ocean breeze as they overwhelmed your senses in a highly enjoyable way.
Vincent Twardzik Ching
Artist, teacher and illustrator, Vincent Twardzik Ching holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Regina, Canada. A recipient of the Honourable Mention award in the Philip Morris Singapore art competition 2002, he has been residing and exhibiting in Singapore for the past eight years and his work is included in several private collections in Singapore and abroad.