Chan + Hori Gallery
Malaysian-born Chris Chong, who has premiered films at prestigious festivals in Cannes and London, creates installations that reward patient viewers with hidden depths of meaning not apparent at first glance. A stack of boxes resemble birdhouses but it’s actually a commentary on public housing and the spaces we inhabit. A botanical illustration turns out to be of a commonly produced plastic flower. An installation of larger-than-life orchids quietly retract a tendril, or open and close their petals. All of his artworks reference, yet question what we consider ‘authentic’, as well as the standard processes commonly used in science, economics and film.
Chris Chong Chan Fui, Egg with 18K Gold Hook, 2019. Resin, 18-carat gold. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND CHAN + HORI CONTEMPORARY, SINGAPORE
Chris Chong Chan Fui, Shoebox/temporary Animal Housing, 2019. Hand-cast bronze. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND CHAN + HORI CONTEMPORARY, SINGAPORE