Schlesinger Center’s Fisher Gallery Oblique Horizons: Paintings by Chee-Keong Kung

By Editorial Team on May 1, 2018
Nocturne II by Kung Chee-Keong. Courtesy of of Fisher Gallery.
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Reception: Saturday, May 5 from 4pm to 6pm
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The Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of paintings by Chee-Keong Kung. The exhibition, Oblique Horizons: Paintings by Chee-Keong Kung will be on display April 28, 2018 to June 10, 2018 with an artist’s reception scheduled for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5th, 2018.

“Each work begins with a gesture—a line or wash etc.–that would trigger subsequent moves. Hard-lined geometry and improvisational brushwork are applied in layers, modifying and obscuring earlier marks. Sometimes the momentum is driven by discovery; others, invention. I look for a lightness and a level of density in the work that will stand up to repeated and prolonged viewing. Usually, a painting will sit for days before the next move can be intuited. This process continues until the work appears to hover between perfection and imperfection, gravity and weightlessness.”

“I find that works can accrue structure and meaning only through the application of time and full measures of attention. The finished work is not so much a goal, but rather a pictorial accumulation of intention, curiosity, and happenstance. More often than not, the most satisfying works are those that end up in entirely unexpected places…painting is a way of seeking out places that I do not already know.”

Kung’s works are in private, corporate, and institutional collections, including The National Museum Art Gallery of Singapore and The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Born in Singapore, Kung studied art & architecture at the University of Houston and real estate at Cornell University. He lives and works in McLean, VA.  

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 10am—4pm

The Fisher Art Gallery is located on the upper level of the Schlesinger Center, which is located at 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA.  For more information, call the Schlesinger Center at 703.845.6156.