AL/linum



10 October 2019 - 08 November 2019
A+ Works of Art

A+ WORKS OF ART is pleased to present AL/linum, a solo exhibition by emerging artist Luke Heng. Making his debut in Malaysia, the exhibition brings together the union of 2 series of works that deal with the perception and manipulation of spaces within a painting. Although, again, forms as markers that demarcate spaces in general, is Heng’s subject, it is specifically a change of illusiveness, or cycles of illusions, that he’s creating. The exhibition exudes the notion of being monumental and oblique, sleek and detail-oriented, and it maintains its distance from any standard aesthetic response or conventional display. 


As the artist has expressed, “Having conceived the larger oil paintings that deal with the spatiotemporal, which was a continuous development of the Non-Place series, the small-scale digital prints came as a form of counteraction to what the larger oil paintings are doing.” Hence, the exhibition brings to the fore the experiential, as well as meditative, qualities in Heng’s rendition.


In recent years, Luke Heng’s practices have been developing in two distinct trajectories with the first being his painterly works that engage on a philosophical level and preoccupation with the perception of painting and its results, and the second being the more conceptual thread that emphasizes materiality and the process of materialization, as evidenced in his wax and steel creations.

He is guided by his interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine, stemming from the fact that he comes from a family of Chinese physicians. Heng also picks up ideas and concepts from the I-Ching (Book of Changes) whereby yin and yang philosophies govern his thoughts and compositional effects during his process, guiding his manipulation of choices in his works to maintain a certain sense of visual harmony. These influences reflect the artist’s views on liminality and boundary, witnessed in the abstract variations in his artworks: a misty narrow strip or two in an otherwise plain-looking canvas, or rectangular steel bars bound within translucent wax slabs.


AL/linum presents an immersive environment built on shifting intellectual and emotional states to grant access to imagery and information beyond the reach of abstraction, within Heng’s fusion of paintings and digital renderings; becoming a contemplative refuge for chanced neutrality and mediated encounters.


AL/linum

AL/linum

10 October 2019 - 08 November 2019
A+ Works of Art

A+ WORKS OF ART is pleased to present AL/linum, a solo exhibition by emerging artist Luke Heng. Making his debut in Malaysia, the exhibition brings together the union of 2 series of works that deal with the perception and manipulation of spaces within a painting. Although, again, forms as markers that demarcate spaces in general, is Heng’s subject, it is specifically a change of illusiveness, or cycles of illusions, that he’s creating. The exhibition exudes the notion of being monumental and oblique, sleek and detail-oriented, and it maintains its distance from any standard aesthetic response or conventional display. 


As the artist has expressed, “Having conceived the larger oil paintings that deal with the spatiotemporal, which was a continuous development of the Non-Place series, the small-scale digital prints came as a form of counteraction to what the larger oil paintings are doing.” Hence, the exhibition brings to the fore the experiential, as well as meditative, qualities in Heng’s rendition.


In recent years, Luke Heng’s practices have been developing in two distinct trajectories with the first being his painterly works that engage on a philosophical level and preoccupation with the perception of painting and its results, and the second being the more conceptual thread that emphasizes materiality and the process of materialization, as evidenced in his wax and steel creations.

He is guided by his interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine, stemming from the fact that he comes from a family of Chinese physicians. Heng also picks up ideas and concepts from the I-Ching (Book of Changes) whereby yin and yang philosophies govern his thoughts and compositional effects during his process, guiding his manipulation of choices in his works to maintain a certain sense of visual harmony. These influences reflect the artist’s views on liminality and boundary, witnessed in the abstract variations in his artworks: a misty narrow strip or two in an otherwise plain-looking canvas, or rectangular steel bars bound within translucent wax slabs.


AL/linum presents an immersive environment built on shifting intellectual and emotional states to grant access to imagery and information beyond the reach of abstraction, within Heng’s fusion of paintings and digital renderings; becoming a contemplative refuge for chanced neutrality and mediated encounters.


AL/linum