HC Wong’s mesmerising wood sculptures exhibition at Boulevard mall

Wong (left) with one of his sculpture Man of Fire. With him is a guest, prominent businessman Datuk Wong Tiong Hook and his wife.

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By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, Oct 19: Curious shoppers, mall visitors and exhibition guests were treated to mesmerising belian wood sculptures by artist HC Wong at the Boulevard Round Atrium.

The 12 crates of the belian wood sculptures were specially designed to fit the ambience of the round atrium, he said when met at his art exhibition today.

Wong, who is an architect by profession, explained that the installation of his work in crates was his attempt to deal with the space of a shopping complex atrium.

This by using the volumetric and cuboid quality of crates as a way to occupy and to fill the space, as well as to delineate its own space in the absence of gallery walls and required lighting, he said.

“The transitory nature of crates as temporary housing is consistent to the site, which is a multifunctioning space.

“The crates carry with it, a sense of journey, having arrived or on its way out. A liminal state, on the threshold, consistent with its contents, the sculptures themselves are all in such ontological state.

“Furthermore it is also intended as a social commentary on arts and in its place or without it,” he continued.

Visitors admiring one of Wong’s sculptures at the exhibition.

Wong said the content of his sculptures are made from belian wood, steel, concrete, bamboo, water and ready-made ordinary objects.

“I deliberately did it in crates, as the contents of crates have become secondary, each on different subjects, the views to them are obstructed, defined and en-framed by the crates.

“So with the crates, it doesn’t necessarily warrant further elaborations and in their situation, my worries if the consignments have arrived intact or worse.”

On display during the exhibition are works called Man of Fire, Rock Hair Mountain Woman, Needle and Couple, Spherical Book, Rocking Eggbook, Plunging Woman with Cleaver/Comb, Superheroine of Biscuits, Belt and Buckle, The Last Drop, Coathanger and Fire-butterflies, A Nice Day for Gardening and Atomic Cat.

The public are visit and see Wong’s solo work at the atrium from Oct 19 till 28. — DayakDaily