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Art & Music: Artist BODHI Finds Comfort in Merging Both Mediums


Image: BODHI

Ongoing from now to eight July, artist BODHI (Ho Chung Kwang) is staging an exhibition with Singapore’s Gallery 1819 as a part of its showcase known as, “Sonata Allegro”. Artworks from his Astrochemistry Series can be on show and it goals to characteristic BODHI’s pursuits in EDM. Using psychoacoustic strategies the place completely different moods and themes from a particular music monitor get portrayed within the type of visuals, BODHI interprets the distinctive soundwaves into cowl artwork or visualizer artwork.

Ahead, we converse with BODHI to be taught extra about how he connects his ardour for music and the creation of artworks.

You have been born in 2000 in Penang, Malaysia. Tell us about your first steps as an artist?

Thank you for the chance for me to share my works along with your readers. I used to be born in Penang, Georgetown, Malaysia. I used to be a hyperactive baby rising up, and my dad and mom put me in artwork tuition in hopes that I might sit nonetheless. That didn’t cease me from being hyperactive, however finally, I began to love drawing as a pastime.

Where did your nickname “BODHI” come from?

The phrase “BODHI” got here from an extended phrase “Bodhicara”, which suggests enlightenment within the Pali language. This title was given to me by a Sri Lankan monk whose temple my dad and mom used to go to. And as a result of I used to be born on Vesak day, on the lunar calendar, the monk gave me this nickname. It grew with my household, and my dad and mom began to handle me as BODHI.

Your large-scale work mix oil and spray paints along with your signature drawings. How would you describe your type?

Double-edged Hominoidea by BODHI

“Double-edged Hominoidea”. Image: BODHI

I often paint in in style sizes that look good for many properties and business areas. For this present collection, I used acrylic because the medium. I did a little bit of oil again after I was finding out at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, nevertheless it didn’t keep lengthy as soon as I used to be uncovered to acrylic. I felt that acrylic was extra appropriate for me.

I believe my works are surrealist however dissimilar to the post-war surrealism artwork motion. It’s a mode that mixes one or few fragmented figurative topic issues into a picture whereas including summary patterns to conjure a single portray, thus making it appear and feel surreal.

To add on, I’m very a lot influenced and impressed by just a few artists. The first can be Chayanin Kwangkaew, a painter in Thailand, and the second artist can be the French Duo, TelmoMiel. Both are surrealist artists of their area.

Another factor that influenced me was the concept of flatness. I used to be influenced by Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, not for his colors and graphic artwork type, however principally as a result of he was one of many pioneers and some of the distinguished artists within the tremendous flat artwork motion.

What sort of artwork supplies do you often work with?

The artwork supplies that I work with are brushes, acrylic paint, and canvases. We are seeing extra modern artists and rising artists mixing completely different supplies and mediums to current attention-grabbing artworks to the viewers. I’d say I’m a traditionalist, although my works will not be conventional.

I really feel that to be an artist, you will need to have technical abilities apart from creativity, so I like individuals who show sturdy technical abilities of their artworks. For now, I’m a traditionalist as a result of I observe the trail of desirous to have good technical abilities.

Amongst your pursuits are DJing and Beatboxing, how is music deeply influencing your artwork?

Haven, Narcotics & Moonwalkers by BODHI
“Haven, Narcotics & Moonwalkers”. Image: BODHI

I used to be considering music way back earlier than I began doing music engineering and beatboxing. I’ve deeper appreciation for music now due to the technical difficulties that I’ve seen via, doing all of the completely different DJing stuff and beatboxing, however the cause why I like music that a lot and the way it influenced my artwork is how I didn’t change into a musical artist.

For now, I change into a visible artist like a painter, and I can nonetheless take what has an enormous affect on me, like music and implement it into artwork, in order that’s how music has influenced me.

Adding on to that, I really feel music is essential. It has a major impact on an individual’s emotional facet due to its nature. Music doesn’t want lyrics and even context nevertheless it possess the power to cross via the logical a part of the mind and affect our psyche.

So after I have a look at an art work, I don’t learn an excessive amount of into its meanings. Just like expressionism or impressionism, you don’t want to know the context and nonetheless be influenced by the colors and all of the feelings that the portray can evoke. Much like how music is ready to convey comparable emotions, the method is unstoppable except you cowl your ears or eyes.

Religion can also be influencing your view of the world and your artwork. Tell us extra there?

For now, faith isn’t a part of me as an artist or in any of my art work. Maybe within the distant future I is likely to be influenced to include it into my artworks, both visually as an aesthetic or contextually. We received’t know!

What feelings do you hope the viewers expertise when your artwork?

And may I be Somnolent of Plenished by BODHI
“And could I be Somnolent of Plenished”. Image: BODHI

I would really like viewers to expertise my very own interpretation of the music’s essence and never simply the likeness and frame of mind that I’m when making the work.

What has been your newest mission and what’s deliberate for you throughout 2022?

I’m curating for The Fluxus House and taking part in a few completely different exhibitions with the goal to carry consciousness to BODHI as a creative model. These exhibitions are principally promotional exhibitions to relaunch me as an artist and a home curator.

What can artwork lovers and collectors anticipate to see from you at your present exhibition staged at Gallery 1819 in Singapore?

Excitement and vitality! I’m most likely the youngest artist within the lot to have this chance and showcase my works on the gallery. A shout out to artwork lovers and collectors on the market: I hope to carry new and refreshing works to your present assortment and assist rising artists like myself.

Are you additionally creating your personal NFTs?

Not at this juncture. I’ve offered NFT previously, however I want to set up myself as BODHI earlier than I get forward to do collaboration within the NFT house.

You now stay in Singapore, what’s your favorite reminiscence of Penang?

Me visiting Georgetown Festival! You get to look at theatre reveals, music performances and quite a lot of completely different exhibitions and art-related actions. They are principally held at Penang’s UNESCO heritage websites, which I fondly bear in mind visiting with my household and pals.

It is kind of completely different from Singapore Art Week, the place there are extra performances and free road performances comparable to dances, theatre and music than simply visible arts.

If you have been to call one mentor who has impressed you in your life and path as an artist, who would that be?

My Mentor and artist, Mr Choy Kim Hong. He taught me in kindergarten, in artwork tuition and thru highschool. He inspired me to modify from Commerce to Arts, and beneath his tutelage, I continued my research in artwork at NAFA. He enormously conjures up me to proceed my research within the Arts and change into a full-time artist. Without him, I will not be the place I’m at present, having this chance to share my journey with you.

To be taught extra BODHI, observe his Instagram: @hochungkwang. Visit Gallery 1819’s web site here and you’ll want to observe the Instagram: @gallery1819singapore.

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