Sougwen Chung’s ‘Chiaroscuro’

by Ulrik


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Is a stunning multimedia installation that will, quite frankly, leave you reeling. And begging for more. We’ve been following the work of artist, illustrator and Ghostly International collaborator Sougwen Chung for a while and it’s nice to see that that her lofty ambition and unyielding talent keeps developing into bigger and better entities.

In Sougwen’s own words, ‘Chiaroscuro’ is: ‘the interplay of light and dark, the tangible and intangible, the old and new. The installation is a contemporary interpretation of "Chiaroscuro", a term more commonly associated with 17th century painting, that is as hand-made as it is digitally enabled.

Drawing in the installation is the fundamental element -- spanning the physical structure, the light-mapping and the projection itself. By digitizing the drawing, the simple expression of mark-making becomes transmutable. It is reinterpreted to take on a new form and dimension in the software -- it transforms into structures manipulatable through time.

For our money, this is art that can be enjoyed on multiple levels: The conceptual that idealistically explores and juxtaposes media, traditions and transmutability, and the seductive, sensory level that provides the purest, most enticing eye candy imaginable and prompts an untethered physical reaction.

In a contemporary art world that still seems obsessed with thinking up new, deconstructionist concepts and questioning the nature of art, there’s something singularly optimistic, skill-based and honest about Sougwen’s work that’s well worth holding on to.

Click play and float away.