莊嘉強的素描日記 Sketches Diary of Ch’ng Kiah Kiean

20150916 Staghorn at Ambi’s Garden

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20150916 Staghorn at Ambi Garden


Line-line Journey IV

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Line-line Journey was conceptualised in 2011 with its first showcase in Penang. That exhibition presented Ch’ng Kiah Kiean’s Penang sketches (the starting point) with two other travel sketches of Macau and Bangkok. The journey continued to Puli, Taiwan in December 2012 (Line-line Journey II: Penang, Taiwan & Bali) and Kaohsiung in April 2013 (Line-line Journey III: Penang, Kaohsiung).

In July 2013, Kiah Kiean was invited to attend the 4th International Urban Sketchers Symposium in Barcelona. He demonstrated his unique sketching method using dry twigs and Chinese ink. He was also an instructor at the symposium. This was his first trip to Europe. Kiah Kiean was inspired by the architecture of European buildings and he produced a large number of sketches of its cities.

Together with his travel sketches of Bangkok, Taiwan and Guangzhou, this exhibition is a showcase of eastern and western architecture or landscapes through Kiah Kiean’s ink lines.


精髓所在 Essence

Posted: December 27th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Feature | Tags: , , | Comments Off on 精髓所在 Essence

莊嘉強在畫家陳來和的指導下,自年少便孜孜不倦地跋涉藝術之路。如今他結合建筑設計訓練和敏銳的觀察力,以變遷中的喬治市為對象,創作出了一幅幅令人難忘的作品。

嘉強總是念念不忘他父親在喬治市走過的足跡,從父親當年初抵馬來亞時落腳的店屋,到本頭公巷里許多潮州人常去的汕頭客棧,都是他念茲在茲的場景。透過自由且風格化的線條與空間配置,他為父親當年默默行經的喬治市老建筑和街景及其中的生活痕跡,留下了令人回味的記錄。

他的素描筆觸氣勢十足且富含感情,有時佐以淡彩,有時以水墨或濃淡不一的鉛筆線條敷上灰影,賦予筆下的喬治市街道、巷弄、建筑和景物一種典雅的風格。

他也擁有幾分古靈精怪的幽默感。這從他不時意有所指地在街景素描中嵌入書法體或印刷體商店招牌的方式即可見一斑。使用水墨時,他偶爾隨興以削尖的竹枝或筷子求取更細膩的筆觸,在在凸顯其深厚的功力。

這部素描作品集明顯呈現了嘉強對喬治市及其遺產的愛戀。透過那些往往被人忽視的角落,他凸顯了一些值得深思的課題,并引發觀畫者的思考。

這些精彩的素描不僅提醒我們喬治市昔日的風貌,也提示了喬治市可能再現的風采。透過這部以石墨鉛筆寫成的日記,嘉強藉著今日所見的街景,抓回了他童年經驗的精髓。

Ambiga Devy • 檳城

Ch’ng Kiah Kiean has travelled a long way from the young person who honed his artistic skills under the tutelage of Tan Lye Hoe. Today he combines his architectural training and his keen, intuitive eye to produce works that can only be described as haunting in their depiction of a city in the transitions of change.

Taking a journey, very much with his father in mind, he has captured George Town with a stylish freedom in his lines and spaces, remembering the footsteps taken by his father – from the Swatow Lodge in Armenian Street where many of his Teochew clansmen frequented to the shop house where he stayed when he first arrived in the then Malaya – picturing a soul on its quiet journey, remembering and memorizing every tone and shade of that life.

Sentimental sweeping lines, sometimes colour washed, sometimes in shades of grey accentuated with black ink and different thicknesses of graphite, are used to create his expressions of streets, lanes, buildings and cityscapes with elegant style.

Here is an artist who also has a quirky sense of humour – look for his juxtapositional use of shop signage in his street scenes, be it in calligraphy or typography, often telling a story of its own. His depth of skill emerges with his use of improvised equipment like sharpened bamboo and chopsticks to get finer details when using Chinese ink.

Kiah Kiean’s love for the city and its heritage is conspicuous in this book. By representing the nooks and corners often ignored by the passer-by, he accentuates and thus elicits thought-provoking questions from the viewer of his works.

These sketches are also wonderful reminders of what George Town was and sometimes still can be today. A diary in graphite, they have captured the essence of childhood experiences in the streetscapes of his present life.

Ambiga Devy • Penang