Sougwen Chung is a Canadian-born, Chinese-raised, and Brooklyn-based artist. Her work is a hybrid of traditional art and the immersive possibilities of new technologies.
Her installation, Chiaroscuro, uses light as an artifice of visual perception. It explores the interplay of light and shadow on a dimensional drawing form.
Strata of abstract, monochromatic line-work are suspended on a wall, giving off the illusion that lines themselves are extending beyond the flat plane. Coils of light are nested asymmetrically within the form, responding to the variations of sound in the environment and illuminating the surface with a pulsing ambiance. Projected light is mapped onto the exterior from a distance, revealing and obscuring the piece throughout the course of the installation. Spectators are plunged into an intuitive and technical universe, at the same time material and immaterial.