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Interview with Lampo Leong

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Lampo Leong (LL) for A’ Design Award and Competition. You can access the full profile of Lampo Leong by clicking here.

Interview with Lampo Leong at Friday 1st of May 2020
Lampo Leong
FS: Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
LL: Received his PhD from Central Academy of Fine Arts and MFA from the California College of the Arts, Lampo Leong is an internationally acclaimed artist/designer and currently Distinguished Professor, Doctoral Advisor and Director of Centre for Arts and Design at the University of Macau. Leong is also a Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Visiting Professor at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, and has been named the Weiner Distinguished Professor at the Missouri University of Science & Technology.

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
LL: Centre for Arts and Design (CAD) at the University of Macau focuses on education, research and service in the fields of art, design, digital media and new media. CAD collaborates with the departments of Communication, History, and the Faculty of Education for MA and PhD programs in visual communication to cultivate talents in creative media for Macao and the Guangzhou-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Through establishing a platform for international exchange and collaborations in interdisciplinary research projects, CAD endeavors to promote creativity in the fields of arts, design, and creative media internationally. While technologies and arts are inseparably associated, it is our hope that the synthesis of new media and arts could be utilized to diversify Macao’s economy, enhancing the development of the cultural and creative industry, and to ensure a sustainable competitive advantage for Macao towards a world-class tourism and leisure center.

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
LL: Behind Glory is a photographic documentary of Wugang, the Wuhan Iron and Steel Company. Supported by the Russian and built in 1958, the state-owned Wugang is one of the biggest and most important steel factories in China and once signifying the industrialization and modernization of the country. Through reformation and recent merger with Bao Steel Group, China Baowu Steel Group brings about the second largest steel production in the world. However, such industry causes severe environmental pollution to the city of Wuhan and the surrounding areas. Through capturing the heavily polluted and decaying factory campus with abstract, lyrical and somewhat somber images, this community project reveals the price paid and the consequence behind the glory of modernization and economic prosperity in China, provoking the viewers into the search of a clean and healthy working and living environment.

FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
LL: Lampo Leong's work has been featured in international contemporary art exhibits such as Christie’s, Ravenel, etc., and in art expos and museums/galleries worldwide through 70 solo and over 350 national/international juried/curated group exhibitions, including Salon des Beaux Arts 2019 at the Carrousel de Louvre in Paris, The Art of Writing in Germany, Question at the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, the International Contemporary Masters at the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art, Shining Stars: 4 Cultural Visionaries of Contemporary Painting at the Pacific Heritage Museum in San Francisco, Art Asia 2019 in Seoul, Singapore Contemporary Art Show, Art Taipei, the Taipei International Modern Ink Painting Biennial, Art of China, the 7th, 11th and 13th National Fine Arts Exhibition in China, Re-Ink: Contemporary Ink Painting 2000-2012 at Today Art Museum in Beijing, The First Nanjing International Art Festival, AS-Helix: The Integration of Art and Science in the Age of Artificial Intelligence at the National Museum of China, The Third Shenzhen International Photography Exhibition, Art Central and Ink Global 2017 and 2021 in Hong Kong. Leong has received over 80 awards and extensive recognitions, including a Gold Award at the Creative Quarterly international art competition in New York and A’Design Award in Italy. Additionally, Leong’s video animations and multimedia performances have premiered in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Kauffman Center for Performing Arts in Kansas City, Skaneateles Festival in New York, Musicacoustica-Beijing, Tanghu Museum of Art in Wuhan and the University of Macau.

FS: How do you work with companies?
LL: Lampo Leong’s works can be found in more than 10 museum and hundreds of notable corporate and private collections, including the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Guangdong Museum of Art and the Written Art Foundation in Germany, as well as public art commissions for the Columbia City Hall and an 8-meter-diameter granite inset calligraphic medallion design for a San Francisco public park.

FS: How can people contact you?
LL: Email: LampoLeong@um.edu.mo

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
LL: Several monographs of Lampo Leong’s work have been published and his achievements have been documented in hundreds of reviews and publications in newspapers, magazines, art books, and on TV internationally, including the front cover of New Art International in New York and the Creative Genius: 100 Contemporary Artists in London. San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown proclaimed November 19, 1999 to be Lampo Leong Day.


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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