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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Gallery features ancient art form with contemporary paintings

An exhibit of contemporary paintings of Malaysian life utilizing the ancient technique of batik will be held in the Antelope Valley College Art Gallery through Oct. 14.

The show features the work of Malaysian artist Kheng-Wah Yong who has used the labor-intensive process of applying dyes and wax to cloth to create his work.

His subjects derive from Malayan kampongs and fishing villages around the southern end of Penang Island, according to Christine Mugnolo, gallery director.

“His pieces blend the timeless with the immediate, the iconic and the intimate,” she said. Details of contemporary country life are captured within the abstract shapes and batik crackle patterns the artist creates.

Kheng-Wah Yong has exhibited internationally since his early 20s. He has toured around the world to develop his technique.

Gallery shows are free and open to the public. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. The gallery is on the southwest side of the Lancaster campus in building FA1, 3041 W. Ave. K.

Call for more details, (661) 722-6300, ext. 6215.