New Straits Times, 5 September 2009
Catch: Photographic Art Showcase
by Dennis Chua

“DIFFERENT But Same” at Wei-Ling Gallery, from now until Sept 14, is a showcase by photographers-cum-artists Azril K. Ismail, Eiffel Chong, Alex Moh, Alex Wong, Azrul K Abdullah, Bernice Chauly, Ceacer Chong, Erna Dyanty, Lim Hock Seng, Pang Khee Teik, Tan Chee Hon and Yee I-Lann.
Their recent works deal with the actual act of photographing. Some are experimental while others engage a disparate approach in using the medium.

The techniques used are meticulous to photography and they embrace each subjectmatter with respect.

The range of photographic processes, techniques and approaches used include archival retrieval, manipulated processes, long-ended films and straight photography in which the subject matter is regarded supreme.

Azril looks at the “un-photograph-able” side of things. His works capture the “nakedness” of his subjects.

The works of Eiffel and Pang include objects and spaces that are commonly ignored.

Alex Moh’s “Land”.

Their photographs include playgrounds, street lights in parks, abandoned rooms and buildings, which are conceptually altered and presented as “art”.

Tan takes vague photographs that demand to be understood but resist easy explanation.

Erna’s photographs are a tribute to her hometown Kuala Lumpur which is facing accelerated and chaotic growth.

Yee’s computer-generated photographs focus on new media and computer imaging, and engage ideas of power, truth and social differences.

Wong’s works are indistinct statements on emotions, alienation, human relationships and contemporary life.

He also highlights banal events, suggesting that any single moment of our lives could be arresting.

Lim takes large-scale black-and-white photographs to achieve detailed images that capture the way the world is “drawn”.

Seeing the world in black-and-white allows one to feel a step removed from reality, to blur fact and fiction.

His works are printed meticulously and marked by strict self-discipline, overabundant details, amplified contrast between black and white and a cool keen astuteness.

The gallery, in Jalan Scott, off Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Kuala Lumpur, is open from noon to 7pm, Mondays to Fridays and 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.

Eiffel Chong’s “The Rise And Fall Of The Roman Empire”.