Meet the artist at a reception on July 23 and at BlackRock’s Annual Open House on August 27
GERMANTOWN, MD — Capturing the spontaneity and immediacy of the painting process, artist Chee-Keong Kung begins each work with a brush stroke or line that sets into motion subsequent moves. Chance and control are an invaluable part of the process, and compositions evolve as Kung applies improvisational gestures and hard-lined geometry in layers that modify and obscure underlying images. Hovering between density and weightlessness, the intuitive placement of lines and edges leads to meaning as Kung responds to the activity of mark making, surface qualities of materials, and observations of the natural and built environment. BlackRock Center for the Arts is pleased to present the work of Virginia artist Chee-Keong Kung in his solo exhibition “Lines/Edges” which will be on view in the Terrace Gallery from Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, August 27, 2016. The center will host a free, public Meet the Artist Reception on Saturday, July 23 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM where the artist will deliver brief remarks about the exhibition and be on hand to answer questions about his work. The artist will return to the Center on Saturday, August 27 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM where he will lead an interactive hands-on activity during the annual BlackRock Open House. It is free to attend the Meet the Artist Reception, the Open House event, and to view the exhibition.
Chee-Keong Kung is a resident of McLean, VA and recently won a Juror’s Award at the 2015 “Strictly Painting” biennial exhibit at McLean Project for the Arts. He was also a 2015 Semi-finalist for the DC Art Bank Collection. Kung’s work was selected for the “Emergence 2014: International Artist to Watch” at Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore, MD. His works are included in corporate and private collections, as well as the National Museum of Singapore. Born in Singapore in 1967, Kung earned his degree in art and architecture at the University of Houston and his master’s in real estate at Cornell University. Learn more: www.kungcheekeong.com
The galleries at BlackRock Center for the Arts are open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and also during select evening and Sunday hours when performances and classes are offered at the nonprofit arts center. Please call 301.528.2260 to confirm open hours for specific dates. Admission to the galleries at BlackRock Center for the Arts is always free.
MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST: Born in Singapore, Chee-Keong Kung earned a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) from the University of Houston in Houston, TX and a Master of Real Estate (M.R.E.) from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. His paintings have been widely exhibited throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan region and nationally in numerous juried exhibitions, including “Making Sense: See, Smell, Hear, Taste, Touch” (juried by Nora Atkinson, 2016) and “Strictly Painting” (Jurors Award, juried by Vesela Sretenovic, 2015), and “Transformations: From One Thing to Another” (juried by Jack Rasmussen) at McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA; The Gray Gallery, Winchester, VA; “Mid-Atlantic New Painting Biennial” (juried by Lauren Ross, 2016) at University of Mary Washington Gallery, Fredericksburg, VA; “Sometimes a Great Notion” (juried by Randall Scott, 2015) at School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD; “Emulsion 2016” (juried by Amy Cavanaugh Royce) and “Emulsion 2015” (juried by Adah Rose) at Gallery O on H, Washington, DC; “Emergence 2014: International Artists to Watch” at Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD; “Nor’Easter” (juried by Sharon Butler) at New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT; as well as “Material/Method: Contemporary Practices in Painting” (curated by Erin Devine) at The Gallery at NOVA, Woodbridge, VA; a solo exhibition at Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC. In 2015, Kung was a Semi-finalist for the DC Art Bank Collection. His works are included in corporate and private collections, as well as the National Museum of Singapore. Kung lives and works in McLean, VA. To learn more about the artist, visit his website: www.kungcheekeong.com
EXHIBITION TITLE: Chee-Keong Kung: “Lines/Edges”
EXHIBTION ON VIEW: Thursday, July 21 – Saturday, August 27, 2016 (FREE)
MEET THE ARTIST RECEPTION: Saturday, July 23 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM (FREE)
Artist Chee-Keong Kung will deliver a brief Artist Talk during reception.
OPEN HOUSE EVENT: Saturday, August 27 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (FREE)
Artist Chee-Keong Kung will be leading a hands-on activity at the event.
EXHIBIT LOCATION: Terrace Gallery (upper level)
BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874
GALLERY HOURS: Monday–Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM*
*Also open select evening and Sunday hours when performances and classes are offered.
Please call 301-528-2260 to confirm open hours for specific dates.
INFORMATION: 301-528-2260 or www.blackrockcenter.org
ABOUT BLACKROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS: BlackRock Center for the Arts is a cultural cornerstone and the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County Maryland. Since 2002, the nonprofit arts center has been providing the community with diverse performing arts programs, free gallery exhibitions and arts education experiences in a welcoming and intimate setting close to home. The dynamic facility houses two art galleries presenting more than 24 exhibitions per year, two theaters presenting more than 40 performances per year, and numerous classrooms and studios where year-round classes, workshops and camps in the performing and visual arts are offered for all ages.
FREE PARKING & RIDE ON BUS 15-MINUTE EXPRESS SERVICE FROM SHADY GROVE METRO (RED LINE): BlackRock Center for the Arts is centrally located in the heart of Germantown, next to the Germantown Branch Montgomery County Public Library, at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874. Free parking is available in the lot at the rear of our building and along the street. Ride Metrorail to Shady Grove Station (Red Line) and transfer to Ride On Bus Route 100 (15-minute Express Bus Service from Metro Shady Grove Station to the Germantown Transit Center [GTC] on Aircraft Drive). From GTC, walk four blocks west, following Century Boulevard to our front door, or transfer to Ride On Bus Route 97 which stops in front of BlackRock. Check schedules by calling 240-777-7433 or visiting: www.rideonbus.com and www.metroopensdoors.com
HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGES OF WORKS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
Caption information is listed below for images attached to this email:
Caption: Chee-Keong Kung, “Torqued Cumulus,” Triptych, 2016, ink & acrylic on aluminum, 30 x 22 inches (each panel).
Caption: Chee-Keong Kung, “Staccato II,” 2015, ink & acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches.
Caption: Chee-Keong Kung, “Helix,” 2015, ink & acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 inches.
Caption: Chee-Keong Kung, “Tangent,” 2014, ink & acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches.
Caption: Chee-Keong Kung, “Riptide,” 2013, Ink & acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 inches.
Caption: Chee-Keong Kung, “Polyphony,” 2013, Ink & acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches.
Caption: Chee-Keong Kung, “Vortex,” 2013, Ink & acrylic on paper, 24 x 18 inches.
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