‘Within / Between / Beneath / Upon’ focuses on the art of sculpture by three internationally acclaimed Vietnamese artists Lê Hiền Minh, Richard Streitmatter-Trần and Thảo Nguyên Phan (with a special display dedicated to the late Modernist sculptor Điềm Phùng Thị). Coming from diverse media backgrounds (Hiền Minh originally in lacquer, Richard in new media and Thảo Nguyên in painting), each of these artists has gone on to experiment with varying methods and materials, committed to reflecting the perspectives of their local contexts, evident in their subject matters and materials with which they work.
In this exhibition I have created four new sculptural works, three of which relate to my ongoing interest in the Hindu-Buddhist aesthetic in Southeast Asian art and one a continuation of a long term experiment with bánh tráng as a sculptural material. It was also a return to working in sculpture after after having to close my warehouse studio in early 2020 as the covid-19 pandemic swept over the world and confined my practice to what could be produced within my home.
Within | Between | Beneath | Upon
Factory Contemporary Art Center, HCMC
Curated by: Bill Nguyen, Van Do March 13 - June 6, 2021