'being human' # 9 : Chan Kok Hooi

 from left to right :
(I) So Close Yet So Far : The Origin of the World  (II) So Close Yet So Far : The Wonder of the World  
(III) So Close Yet So Far : The Mystery of the World  (IV) So Close Yet So Far : The Top of the World 
Acrylic and thread on denim / 122 x 91.5cm each / 2014


Chan Kok Hooi (b. 1974, Penang, Malaysia) graduated from the Malaysian Institute of Art, Kuala Lumpur in 1996. He was a recipient of the Freeman Foundation Asian Artists Fellowship at the Vermont Student Center, USA (2006); the Mayor of Beppu Asia Biennale of Contemporary Art in Japan; the 2003 jurors’ award of Philip Morris Malaysia-ASEAN Art Awards, as well as the 2004 and 2007 Young Contemporaries Award, Malaysia. His paintings are included in the collections of Beppu Art Museum, Japan, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and the National Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. Frequently seeking new possibilities, Chan Kok Hooi has always been interested in a visual discourse through the lens of imagination by adapting the familiar into composites of fantastical realms. His hybrid creations and creatures engage in activities from banal to bizarre with a surrealistic bent that reflects another worldly realities. Distinctively witty and yet discomforting, these staging are open to interpretations.