LAM WONG

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21 ELEMENTS - Relation, Perception and Meaning

It may have been my illusion, but the people in art space always feel more beautiful. It is also my belief that Art is Made for Intimate Moments. In those frozen moments and stilled subjects inside a commercial free world lies my fascination and obsession about the viewers' minds, and the meanings the objects of art induced in them.

All things are defined by other things as well as their immediate environment. The objects are meaningless if they are not related to either their creators or observers. Also, in my view, all paintings are abstract even if they are recording real events. There's nothing real on a surface of a canvas if you really take a closer look, but it somehow evokes emotions when memory plays a role in the experience. This series of paintings is a study of the multiple layers of perceived meanings and their abstraction. It is an exploration of the relations and interaction between the viewers, art objects and the non materials (mind, space, time and memory). The paintings allow me to have a glimpse of the private moments of their viewers' personal experience with art, and once again allow you, as a new group of viewers, to experience a new reality in a different level of relations. However, this time it includes the filtering of my perception and interpretation of those moments. It's like an old Chinese saying: "There are Skies beyond the Sky."

Lam Wong
Vancouver 2010 09

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Private Life / Public Life

To me, art making is a spiritual practice. To build a relationship with my painting while I am giving life to it during the creative process is an extremely enlightening and alive experience. The mind has to be absolutely present, free from all mental distractions. Once a painting comes to life, the immediate relationship with its creator, the artist, is a very personal one. It is a kind of communion between a human consciousness and an object. The meaning can only be constructed and perceived in the artist's mind, enclosed in his/her skull, remaining secret forever. No matter how hard we try to express it with words (which are the real barriers), we won't hit the target. This is the private life of a painting. Then, when it enters the world of media, speculation, analysis and public art/cultural institutions, it takes on a different aura. Just like a human body is unique in the world, a painting in display is like going naked in public and opened for judgement, most of the time without the artist's witness. It is subjected to social and cultural discrimination in the names of beauty and reason. The dramatic changes of the relationship between its private and public lives could be quite shocking at times. In the end, the reason for its existence is meaningless if there's no human consciousness involved (both the viewers and artist). Art is a totally mental constructed human idea. It may give pleasure and colour to our lives, but it is Love that makes life possible.

Lam Wong
Vancouver 2011 09

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Silent Air

There is this Silent Air which connecting the art object and its viewers, the performance and its audiences. It is probably the most important thing in art because this invisible gap, is also the link that complete the relationship. It is where the consciousness and the meaning form and flow.

Lam Wong
Vancouver 2013 09