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Garrett Andrew Chong

https://pomoarts.ca/artists/chong-garrett

My subject matter harmonizes the auras of spiritual temples, protected environments and living beings with rhythms of eclectic icons and earth elements.

Artist Statement

My early black and white infrared photographs and mixed media artworks captured the energies and unseen light within environments, structures and the human body.

In recent years, my work involves mastering the ambient illumination of HDR technology, the transformative presence of Reiki Zen meditative music and illustrating the atmospheric beauty of our vast world.

Working with the multiple interpretations of “light”, my pieces also explore the imagined “light” of auras, the “light” of the sun as a life source and the “light” which radiates in spiritual practise.

Often utilizing a three-quarter by one-quarter composition, the quiescent collages are interwoven through generated-line, integrated colour vocabulary and interpretive meaning.

The collages juxtapose iconography (flowers, animals, incense, trees and human beings) with the atmosphere of sacred places. Meditative yogis are installed as a constant reminder to awaken and celebrate our beautiful kinship and spiritual intelligence in the age of intuition.

My subject matter harmonizes the auras of spiritual temples, protected environments and living beings with rhythms of eclectic icons and earth elements.

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Seeing Anew: Earthly Presence

Excursions to the ancestral ruins of China inspired me to pursue a spiritual path as an artistic expression. I have journeyed through the ancient civilizations of South East Asia, Peru and Mexico, the historical monuments of the European Union, and the natural wonders of America.

It is said… The Buddha once held up a flower for his fellow monks. After witnessing the presence of the bloom, a monk smiled, yet remained motionless. This practice of stillness and awareness is believed to be the origins and nature of Zen.

Not two… My art practice examines this interconnection of oneness by creating a dialogue with words and meditating into the visual art as a portal to heightening our spiritual intelligence. My pieces explore, interpret and converge select prose, iconography and landscapes. While influential sages conceptualize flowers as enlightened plants, my juxtapositions also question the relationship between these eclectic symbols and earth elements with the auras of spiritual temples, protected environments and living beings. Hands at heart centre are presented in this exhibition as a witnessing presence and alert to awaken and celebrate our beautiful kinship with the natural world.

Overall, the series invites the viewer to conceptualize our majestic world anew by staying present, by quieting the mind and by reflecting upon our human search for being.

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Not two… My art practice examines this interconnection of oneness by presenting a conversation with words and meditating into the visual art as portal to heightening our spiritual intelligence. My pieces explore, interpret and juxtapose select prose, iconography and landscapes. While spiritual sages conceptualize flowers as enlightened plants, my juxtapositions also question the relationship between these eclectic symbols and earth elements with the auras of spiritual temples, protected environments and living beings. Meditative prayer poses are presented in my pieces as a witnessing presence and reminder to awaken and celebrate our beautiful kinship with the natural world.

Overall, the series invites the viewer to witness our majestic earth anew by remaining present, by quieting their mind and by reflecting upon our human search for being.

Habitation - Evolving in uncertainty, embracing liberty… Transforming landscapes into awakened energy… Not two; Mazunte, Mexico & Kuta, Lombok; 2019 - Edition 1 of 5, 21.25" x 48" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination, $880.00
Mettā - Buddha nature… Mind in heart… Not two; Sacred Valley, Peru & Galiano Island, Canada; 2019 - Edition 1 of 5, 22" x 48" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination, $880.00
Renewal - A sacred icon graces the channel of an independent state… A naga… Not two; 2019 - Edition 2 of 5, 22" x 48" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination, $880.00
Ritual - A kinship… An ancestral space of luminous lightlessness… A rite of passage… Not two; Mouse’s Tank Trail, USA & Stawamus Chief, Canada; 2019 - Edition 1 of 5 48" x 22" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination $880.00
Ascension - Cavity of light… Alertness of seeing… Of being… Then death… It is the suchness of life; Angkor Bayon Temple, Cambodia & Évora, Portugal; 2018 - Edition 3 of 5, 19.5" x 48" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination, $880.00
Open Attention - Glimpse of serenity is revealed once inside the shimmer of true nature… Honoured places in indigenous lands… Vast spaces of natural wonders… Alert traces of flowing nectar; Antelope Canyon, USA & Brandywine Falls, Canada; 2018 - Edition 3 of 5, 22" x 48" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination, $880.00
Radiant - Centuries old forms uncover the universal ceremonies honouring life… Sacred places in megalithic civilizations… Secret spaces of mythological forms… Spiritual traces of infinite spirit; Machu Picchu, Peru & Brandywine Falls, Canada; 2018 - Edition 1 of 5 21.25" x 48" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination, $880.00
Wisdom - Descending layers heighten our awareness and prepare us for the final journey home. Spaces are felt within each harvest, places are honoured and exchanged… What remains are only the impressions of past cycles; Terraced Rice Fields, Bali & Hội An, Vietnam; 2018 - Edition 1 of 5, 22"x48" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination, $880.00

Floral Series

Together we can cultivate the flower of understand­ing and compassion together… All the wonders of life are there. Nourishing peace and joy. - Thich Nhat Hanh

The artworks in the Floral Series are 24" x 16" Photograph on metal, UV lamination and $280.00 each or a set of 9 for $2260.

Left to Right: Flowers of Understanding 5 - Hội An, Vietnam; Flowers of Understanding 6 - Galiano Island, Canada; Flowers of Understanding 7 and 8 - Brandywine Falls, Canada
Left to Right: Flowers of Understanding 1 - Jardins de Métis, Canada; Flowers of Understanding 2 to 4 - Alhambra, Spain
Forever Now - Flowering of consciousness occurs in awareness before thought… Sacred places in ancient ruins… Expansive spaces of indigenous flowers… Resulting traces of presence between the two; Brandywine Falls, Canada & Angkor Bayon Temple, Cambodia; 2018 - Edition 3 of 5, 21" x 48" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination, $880.00
Forms of Life -Constructs of time… Place… Self… Communal radiances rise and disappear into air…Transient existence…; Shaolin Temple, China; 2018 - Edition 1 of 5, 11" x 33" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination, $780.00

One People Series

One People captures a few beautiful souls from around the world. The first set focuses on the beings of Southeast Asia, their openness, love of family and their connection to their community.

With patience, respect and passion… Portrait photography allows me the ability to feel their openness, acceptance of the moment and beauty within.

Gallery installation image of One People series

The artworks in the One People Series are from a 2016 trip to Lombok, Indonesia and Hội An, Vietnam. Each piece is 16" x 24", Photograph on metal, UV lamination, $280.00 or complete One People Series 9 images $2,260.00

Left to right: Mother's Love; Childhood; Father's Love
Left to right: Sasak Boy; Brothers; Sasak Girl
Left to right: Flood Woman; Golden Treasures; Man of Lombok
Harmony - Rituals of uncertainty ignite places of energy within… Spaces created through the abundance of joy leaves traces of serenity… Ritual as trace… Embracing the ephemeral…; Banjar Hot Springs, Bali & Kuta, Lombok; 2018 - Edition 2 of 5, 24" x 48" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination $880.00

Portal Series

Portals may arise when we become more open and more unattached to our past sufferings and future uncertainties... It may be liberating to believe; Portals ask us to listen to the voice of our heart and wonder in the present.

Gallery installation image of Portals series

The Portal Series are16" x 24" Photograph on metal, UV lamination, $280.00 each or complete Portals Series 9 images $2,260.00

Portals 1 - Bryce Canyon, USA; 2017 - Edition 1 of 5
Portals 2 - Angkor Temples, Cambodia; 2016 - Edition 1 of 5
Portals 3 - Castle Solina, Croatia; 2018 - Edition 1 of 5
Portals 4 - Vu Pham Van, Vietnam; 2016 - Edition 1 of 5
Portals 5 - Antelope Canyon , USA; 2017 - Edition 1 of 5
Portals 6 - Alhambra, Spain; 2017 - Edition 1 of 5
Portals 7 - Evora, Portugal; 2017 - Edition 1 of 5
Portals 8 - Chilliwack, BC, Canada; 2020 - Edition 1 of 5
Portals 9 - Bali, Indonesia; 2016 - Edition 1 of 5

On the right is a detail image of Portals 9 - Bali, Indonesia

Impermanence - Vanishing Aztecs… Jurassic formations… Not two; Chichén Itzá, Mexico & Valley of Fire, USA; 2019 - Edition 1 of 5 22" x 48" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination $880.00
Incarnation - Crystalline places of trust… Eroding forms … Past lives beat amongst the undertow and shadows… Not two; Lombok Strait, Indonesia; Bryce Canyon, USA; 2019 - Edition 1 of 5 22" x 48" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination $880.00
Not two… -A centreless interconnection of oneness… A human search for being… Not two; Galiano Island, Canada & Évora, Portugal; 2019 - Edition 1 of 5 48" x 36" Photographic collage on fabric, $1,280.00
Beacon - Signpost directs us to sacred cultures, holy grounds… Spiritual beauty misunderstood… Communal brotherhood… Not two; Rock of Gibraltar, UK / Spain & Algeciras, Spain; 2019 - Edition 1 of 5 48" x 20" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination $880.00
Hymns - Rituals of death, of war, of suffering… Memorials, honour, remembrance… Places of tribute, spaces to search… Traces of haunting silence… Not two; Staten Island, USA; 2019 - Edition 1 of 5 48" x 22" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination $880.00
Ethereal, Cavity of light… Alertness of seeing… Of being… Then death… It is the suchness of life; Antelope Canyon, USA & Brandywine Falls, Canada; 2018 - Edition 3 of 5 19" x 48" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination $880.00
Serenity, Descending layers heighten our awareness and prepare us for the final journey home. Spaces are felt within each harvest, places are honoured and exchanged… What remains are only the impressions of past cycles; Terraced Rice Fields, Bali & Hội An, Vietnam; 2018 - Edition 1 of 5 19.5" x 48" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination $880.00
Quiescence - Descending into… Ascending up to… Not two; Angkor Bayon Temple, Cambodia & Bryce Canyon, USA; 2019 - Edition 1 of 5 48" x 22" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination $880.00
Aura - Sat Chit Ananda… Existence, Consciousness, Bliss; Multiple Global Locations & Mazunte, Mexico; 2021 - Edition 1 of 5, 24" x 24" Photographic collage on metal, UV lamination, $280.00
Centre: Sacred Heart - Human forms seek sacred places in body, emptying spaces in mind, and inspiring traces of stillness at heart centre. Hridaya Yoga Mazunte, Mexico; 2017 - Edition 1 of 5 92" x 20 Photographic collage on fabric $980.00 - Gallery installation image

Andrew Garrett Chong

Biography

A fourth-generation Chinese-Canadian, Garrett Andrew Chong was born in Armstrong, BC, in the early 60’s. He graduated with honours (graphic design and fine art photography) from ECUAD (Emily Carr University of Art and Design) in the mid 80’s. The emotional intelligence of visual imaging developed into an instinctive form of expression for him at a young age.

Over the past 35 years, Garrett’s photography and mixed media artworks have evolved through spiritual influences; specifically, sacred teachings, Samatha meditation and Hatha yoga. Each of these practices has contributed to the re-alignment of his imagery. Over the decades, Chong has given back to the community by fundraising and donating to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC), Chinese Cultural Centre, BC Special Olympics and Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House.

He has lived in the lower mainland for over half a century and his studio is located in Railtown, Vancouver, Canada since the late 90’s. When home, Garrett exhibits year-round in FirstSaturday.ca (Artists in their Workspace) as well as the annual Eastside Culture Crawl, and select fine art galleries.

Seeing Anew: Earthly Presence

This show has been presented as a live exhibition installed in the gallery and a digital exhibition for viewing online. Garrett Andrew Chong's virtual Artist Talk streams live to Facebook on April 15, 2021. The gallery is open daily for in-person visits. See PoMoArts.ca for Gallery hours and our COVID 19 Safety Plan.

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