Shalini Ganendra Fine Art advisory
VOLLAK KONG b.1983 Cambodia Award winning artist, Vollak Kong, believes that as an artist he “should experiment with design, drawing, sculpture, photography, performance…everything.” He studied fine art and sculpture at the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh and has exhibited in Cambodia since 2005 and New York in 2013. He was awarded a prestigious Asian Cultural Council Grant to take up a residency in New York City in 2012. Kong has been impacted by a decade of rapid transformations in his home city of Phnom Penh, most notably, the structures of change. He has developed a distinct aesthetic profile through the depiction of urban forms, in two and three dimensional formats. The artist explains, “the problems in the city, such as overbuilding, overcrowding, and increasing pollution and traffic, pushed me to do this work. And by doing the work, I have gained some clarity on what hierarchies should be.” The resulting charcoal drawings – made by carving into deliberate black stains on canvas from an oil lamp – express these anxieties. Bleak grid-like images allude to intersecting scaffolds. The new Ancestral Portraits series, (represented exclusively by SGFA), marries the inanimate with animate, exploring the power of and balance between structural and cultural development. He maintains his wonderful black and white palette, giving “strength and clarity” to image and message.
Woven, 2013 Installation