JUN ONG (b. 1988) is a light artist based in Kuala Lumpur. Trained in architecture, he constantly looks at how the manipulation of artificial light could affect the way we experience the built form. Growing up, he has always been fascinated with the imagery of the cool white fluorescent tube and its universal placemaking effect. He has collaborated with programmers, video artists, urban planners and engineers in his multi-scaled works. He received a Bachelors Degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2009 and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Westminster, England in 2014. In his graduate thesis at Westminster, he examined the notion of “drawing in space” and the sculptural form-finding techniques of Picasso and Julio Gonzalez. Since returning to Malaysia, he has exhibited his site-specific light installations at major art festivals like iLight, Singapore (2016), Live the City Festival Bangkok (2016), and Art Central Hong Kong (2018).
He has also collaborated with brands such as Nike, Adidas, Gucci, and Philips Lighting, along with institutions, including the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the ArtScience Museum, Singapore. The first iteration of “Star” in Butterworth, Penang, was nominated for the World’s Best in Spatial Art at the Media Architecture Biennale, Sydney, in 2016.
Jun is also the co-founder of the KL-based spatial design studio POW Ideas and a lecturer in lighting design at Sunway University, Malaysia: two roles that parallel and inform his independent art practice. In his role as an educator, Jun uses a think-tank approach with his students to explore research and design in sensorial deprivation, performative lighting, and illuminative psychology.
SELECTED COMMISSIONS & EXHIBITIONS
2021-22 “STAR /KL” | The GoDown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2020 “ELECTRIC WAU” | Adidas Originals Flagship, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2019 “QUANTUM” | “All Possible Paths: Richard Feynman’s Curious Life,” ArtScience Museum, Singapore
2018 “SURGE” | Nike Dan Fouts Building, Portland, United States
2018 “METEORA” | Tamansari Art Park, Selangor, Malaysia
2018 “SHANZHAI CHANDELIER” | Art Central, Hong Kong
2018 “DIGITAL DIVINE” | Gucci Store, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2017 “JITTER” | “Malaysian Art, A New Perspective,” Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2017 “NEBULA” | L’Officiel Magazine Anniversary, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2017 “TOTEM” | Pin Prestige Gala, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2016 “PLASTIC PARTITION” | “Live the City: Urban Media Project,” Bangkok Arts & Culture Centre, Connecting Cities Network & Goethe Institut Thailand, Siam Center, Thailand
2016 “PARTICLES” | Raintree Co-Working Office, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2016 “SPARK” | H-Artistry, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2015 “BOLT” | iLIght Marina Bay, Singapore
2015 “STAR” | Urban Xchange Festival, Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia
2015 “WARP” | Georgetown Festival, Penang, Malaysia
2015 “ALTAR” | Joe Chia x FWD Fashion Show, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2015 “PORTAL” | Khoon Hooi x BMW Fashion Show, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2015 “AWAN” | 10for10 Artist Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia