October 18, 2005
Bertrand Peret "Photosynthesis" at Galerie Quynh
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Galerie Quynh and Wonderful District are pleased to present Photosynthesis – an exhibition of new work by French artist Bertrand Peret. While Peret has had numerous exhibitions in Europe, this will be his first show in Vietnam. The artist will present a series of lacquer paintings based on images of electricity poles displayed with an installation of light boxes depicting Vietnamese flora. The juxtaposition of the verdant plants with the dramatic intensity of the red backdrop of the electricity poles appears to highlight two opposing forces.
Certainly, on the surface Photosynthesis appears to pit nature against technology. It is only after some reflection that this view seems incongruous. The frenzied tangle of wires and poles actually bears a striking resemblance to the chaotic array of leaves and stems. The very materials that are used to create the works tell us that something more is at play here. The plants’ vivid hues are in fact the result of high-tech digital photography combined with steel, plastic and electric light. On the other hand, the symbols of technology and data communications are hand-painted in the traditional process of the natural Vietnamese lacquer medium: a digital subject portrayed in analog form.
Born in 1971 in Talence, France, Peret graduated from L’école des Beaux-arts de Bordeaux in 1996. In 2002, he co-founded, with artist Sandrine Llouquet, the publication (signifying "fifth wall" in French) – an autonomous exhibition space. Peret is also a founding member of Wonderful District.
Wonderful District is a young, French artistic collective based in Vietnam. Bringing together foreign and Vietnamese artists through exhibitions, workshops, residencies, lectures and concerts, the collective also works with partners to organize events. this the first collaboration between Galerie Quynh and Wonderful District. Please visit Wonderful District for more information.
Exhibition dates: October 28 – November 13, 2005
Opening reception for the artist: Thursday, October 27th, 6 – 8 PM.
Photosynthesis can be viewed online after October 29th at
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 AM – 7 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Closed on Mondays
Contact: Quynh Pham - Director
+84 (8) 824 8306
Posted by rst at October 18, 2005 03:59 PM
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