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Alistair Chang

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A Portrait of Unity, 2011 Carrara Marble 17"L X 17"W X 7"H
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A Portrait of Unity Carrara Marble
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A Portrait of Unity Carrara Marble
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A Portrait of Remission - detail, 2006 Basswood 12"W X 48" H X 4"D
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A Portrait of Remission, 2006 Basswood 12"W X 48"H X 4"D
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A Portrait of Subtraction, 2007 Jelutong 24"L X 24"W X 4"H
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A Portrait of Subtraction, 2007 Jelutong 24"L X 24"W X 4"H
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A Portrait of Infinite Inclusion, 2009 Basswood 72"W X 10"H X 8"D
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A Portrait of Infinite Inclusion - detail, 2009 Basswood 72"W X 10"H X 8"D
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A Portrait of Infinite Inclusion - detail, 2009 Basswood 72"W X 10"H X 8"D
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A Portrait of Infinite Inclusion - detail , 2009 Basswood 72"W X 10"H X 8"D
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Unsolicited Violence , 2009 Jelutong 10"W X 48"H X 4"D
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Unsolicited Violence, 2009 Jelutong 10"W X 48"H X 4"D
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Fallen Angels, 2010 Malaysian Plywood 30"W X 96"H X 8"D
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Fallen Angels, 2010 Malaysian Plywood
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Fallen Angels, 2010 Malaysian Plywood
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Canada
Birth year
1975
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Schools
OCAD University - Ontario College of Art and Design
Tags
spirituality modern, faith surrealism figurative, sculpture
Statement

Alistair Chang

Born in Toronto, Canada, 1975.

The artist is embarking on an investigation to expose one’s Voices of Insistence, and he does so through the realm of personal faith and spirituality. Working predominantly in wood and now marble, each piece has revealed itself through meticulous hands that choreograph every push and turn of his handmade carving instruments. Alistair is truly a modern master in his own right and seeks to recapture the majesty of classical sculpture with deeply emotional work.

The Sublime Discourse is a documentation of faith. Here begins a series of portraits, the first of which is called a Portrait of Remission. This initial artifact, if you will, was inspired by the Shroud of Turin. There is an ever‐present sense of suffering which took place, and The Life that was given out of undying Love. The second piece entitled a Portrait of Subtraction is in reference to the eye of the needle which is used in the Bible as a metaphor for departing from one’s worldly possessions and the uncloaking of one’s former self.

The Voices of Insistence takes inventory of the internal struggle with faith and spirituality. It purposefully exposes the melancholic heart and our seeming devotion to idols and adulterous tendencies. The investigation further strips away the ego to reveal hidden layers of false hope, it casts light on compartmentalized fears and desires for affirmation, admiration and attention. In a Portrait of Infinite Inclusion we symbolically relinquish the flesh as we see the only Hope that truly matters. We admonish our wandering, beguiling spirit, our aimless pursuits of happiness, and monetary obsessions. Hence, denying our human inevitability for that of Hope. Moreover, this is a portrait of undying, infinite and unconditional Love. It is a longing to surrender the pursuit for the fulfillment of the Divine.