Hometown: Kuala Lumpur
Lives and Works: Kuala Lumpur
chi too (b. 1981, Kuala Lumpur) has been variously described as ’a plump chinese boy with a page-boy haircut' and a ‘one-man harlem-shake’. He is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice demonstrates confident exploration of humour, satire, and visual poetics. It is at times difficult to say exactly what he does as an artist, largely because his artworks touch on a large spectrum of themes and issues. His practice vacillates between the high-minded and the frivolous, the social and the personal, the transparent and the esoteric.
His experimental music, performances and playful self-organised public art projects such as Main Dengan Rakyat, Everything’s Gonna Be Alright and Lepark display an interest to engage with urban spaces and audiences that form part of his complex multifaceted approach to practice. chi too was also a member of the disbanded art collective The Best Art Show in the Univers. Since then, he has participated in various exhibitions and performance events in Malaysia and abroad. He even became a Nippon Foundation Asian Public Intellectual (API) fellow in 2011.
He has held four solo exhibitions to date, Like Someone In Love (2015) at Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space, Malaysia; The Artist chi too Looks at Artworks As He Contemplates The State of the Nation’s Institutions a.k.a. How Can You Be Sure (2013) at Art Row, Publika, Malaysia; State of Doubt (2012) at Akiba Art Lab, Tokyo, Japan; and Longing (2011) at Black Box MAP @ Publika, Malaysia. His work, Longing #11 a.k.a. Instructions for Longing was also included in the 2013 Singapore Biennale exhibition If the World Changed.
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