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Richard Koh Fine Arts presents Streaming Mountain by Yaoh Choo Kuan

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YEOH CHOO KUAN
Streaming Mountain
10 - 30 January 2019
Opening Reception: 10 January (Thurs), 5-8pm
Richard Koh Fine Art
229 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya,
Bangsar, 59100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Richard Koh Fine Art (RKFA-KL) is pleased to announce Yeoh Choo Kuan solo exhibition, Streaming Mountain, scheduled to run from 10 – 30 Jan 2019 at Richard Koh Fine Art, 229, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar 59100, Kuala Lumpur. This will be Yeoh's 3rd solo show at RKFA in which he will present breath-taking monochromatic works on canvas. The Opening Reception will take place on 10 January (Thursday), from 5 – 8 pm.

Although Yeoh was trained within the traditions of Western Art, his art practice has always been strongly rooted in Eastern aesthetics. The influence of Chinese ink aesthetics and ideology – without traditional or formal training – is traced to his close proximity to a Chinese temple within his neighborhood that he had frequented as a child. He had understood this as a visual language employed to narrate stories of Buddhism. One of the strongest memories was of a book called the "Diyu" (the realm of the dead of "hell" in Chinese mythology). It was a vivid illustration that had left a strong impression on Yeoh.

"Diyu" is typically depicted as a subterranean maze with various courts to which souls are taken after death to atone for their sins committed on earth. The illustration of these atonements is often gruesome and graphic in nature. To many, depictions like these are a onetime look but interestingly, Yeoh found solace in them and for many years had immerse himself in these books, oscillating between positive and negative emotions. Abstract notions of violence and the flesh are prevalent in Yeoh's practice and he has methodically investigated these abstractions in his previous 2 solo shows at RKFA; In the Flesh in 2014 & Live Leak in 2017. Streaming Mountain is a culmination of these 2 previous exhibitions as both had emotionally primed the artist to rekindle and re-understand his admiration toward "Diyu" illustrations. Upon this, Yeoh realized the uncanny resemblance of traditional Chinese landscape paintings – depicting "Shan Shui" (Mountain and Stream)- and the hellish landscapes of "Diyu". It inspired Yeoh to paint his "Shan Shui" as a judgment court, rendered in monochrome and sequestered panels tucked between "Yin" and "Yang", black and white, ascent and decay, literati and vulgar, pushing and tugging.

"Streaming" means "Liu" in Chinese, as in the painting process of slow dripping technique that acquires a "sense of time" in the state of fluxility. "Mountains" is "Shan" in Chinese, an allusion to the unyielding and construction of value. At its core, Streaming Mountain is a body of work measuring from the struggles within man's value system, reconfiguring for new compatibility and extends the artist's imagination towards the future.

Yeoh Choo Kuan (b. 1988, Malaysia) lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His work is an exploration of the possibilities through mark-making. He has explored a variety of themes including domesticity, sexuality, the human body, as well as death and the subconscious. His early autobiographical works illustrate the purging of unrest and hidden emotions left by traumatic experiences through mark-making on painted imageries. His approach had since shifted toward gestural abstraction with highly textured strokes, which is referred to as his self-coined "Fleshing Abstraction" – a synthesis of disintegration set in contrast as the tension and forces are weighted on the oil surfaces.

Informed by distinctive visual languages accumulated over the course, he is currently drawing inspiration from nature to discover the potential of landscaping and pictorial means.

Richard Koh Fine Art has been in operation since 2005 and is regarded as a pioneer for introducing Asian contemporary art to Malaysia and the region. Promoting an adventurous roster of emerging and established artists, the gallery regularly mounts exhibitions locally and abroad with a commitment to emerging practices and challenging media.


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