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    Tang Yau Hoong: Controlled Efficiency (detail) – Architectural Lighting

Tang Yau Hoong's work is an interplay of light, space, fiction and reality

Posted by Catherine Gaffney,

Kuala Lumpur-based illustrator and graphic designer Tang Yau Hoong produces work that teases the boundaries between fiction and reality. His flat colour-fields and solid compositional skills ensure immediacy, but any initial understandings we have – that a certain form is “light”, for example – is playfully and cleverly torn away, as in his Controlled Efficiency illustration. The bright palettes and use of paint-streaks are reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein, and his calculated use of negative and positive space is very Noma Bar. There is also a preoccupation with structures and structuring – from the disintegrating cities of So Long, Old World to the alteration or eradication of important symbols, that perhaps evoke the conditions of “making” and producing graphic work.

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    Tang Yau Hoong: Lost Cause? – Cincinnati

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    Tang Yau Hoong: New Metrics for Colour Rendering – Architectural Lighting.

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    Tang Yau Hoong: Light Painter

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    Tang Yau Hoong: So Long, Old World

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    Tang Yau Hoong: Hidden City


Posted by Catherine Gaffney

Catherine joined us as an editorial intern after studying at Trinity College Dublin and Central Saint Martins. She wrote for the site between June and August 2012.