McLean
 
Virginia

Artist's statement

Full Artist's statement

I look for a lightness, a floating quality, and a level of density in the work that would stand up to repeated and sustained viewing.  Each piece begins with a gesture that would trigger subsequent moves.  Hard-lined geometry and improvisational brushwork are applied in layers, modifying and obscuring earlier efforts.  The element of chance derails habitual patterns and nudges the work toward unanticipated trajectories. Usually, a piece would sit for days before the next move can be intuited.  This process would continue until the work appears to hover between perfection and imperfection, chance and control, gravity and weightlessness.

I find that works can accrue structure and meaning only through the accumulation of time and full measures of attention.  More often than not, the most satisfying pieces are those that end up in entirely unexpected places.  For me, the act of painting slows down time…a respite from the frenetic rush of daily life. 

All work by Chee-Keong

Chee-Keong Kung
2017, 40 x 60 in, acrylic & ink on canvas
Chee-Keong Kung
2017, 40 x 60 in, Acrylic & ink on canvas
Chee-Keong Kung
2017, 40 x 60 in, acrylic & ink on canvas
Chee-Keong Kung
2015, 48 x 36 in, acrylic & ink on canvas
Chee-Keong Kung
2015, 36 x 48 in, acrylic & ink on canvas
Chee-Keong Kung
2015, 36 x 48 in, acrylic & ink on canvas
Chee-Keong Kung
2015, 48 x 36 in, acrylic & ink on canvas
Chee-Keong Kung
2015, 36 x 48 in, acrylic & ink on canvas
Chee-Keong Kung
2015, 36 x 48 in, acrylic & ink on canvas
Chee-Keong Kung
2014, 36 x 48 in, acrylic & ink on canvas
Chee-Keong Kung
2013, 24 x 18 in, acrylic & ink on paper
Chee-Keong Kung
2013, 24 x 18 in, acrylic & ink on paper
Chee-Keong Kung
2013, 24 x 18 in, acrylic & ink on paper
Chee-Keong Kung
2013, 24 x 18 in, acrylic & ink on paper
Chee-Keong Kung
2013, 36 x 48 in, acrylic & ink on canvas
Chee-Keong Kung
2013, 36 x 48 in, acrylic & ink on canvas
Chee-Keong Kung
2013, 36 x 48 in, acrylic & ink on canvas
Chee-Keong Kung
2013, 48 x 36 in, acrylic & ink on canvas