78 Ma May
Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Sun, 16 Mar, 6 pm – Opening
the Shoe, the Puppet, the Motion
China Vietnam: Modern Woodcut, Etching and Lithography
An Exhibition of new Graphic Art
by artists from Hanoi, Hue and Kunming:
Nguyen Nghia Phuong, Pham Khac Quang, Zheng Hao Tian
You Yu, Dang Tran Tu Thu, To Tran Bich Thuy
More than 40 woodcuts and etchings by Vietnamese and Chinese contemporary artists.
From the press release:
China and Vietnam are neighbours with a long tradition of cultural exchange, and with history and arts which are inextricably entwined. This old relationship is reflected in Studio Tho’s latest exhibition which brings together printmakers from both countries; seeking to link the nations, as well as the past with the present.
Today life is changing fast in Asia, most especially in China and Vietnam. The move to modernization is of such a speed that people can no longer distinguish which are the real and which the unreal values in their lives. Traditional customs and modernity in lifestyle have become confused. ‘the Shoe, the Puppet, the Motion’ takes up these themes of confusion and rapid change in modern society and shows the artists’ emotional reaction to them. So the exhibition reacts to the past, but it also expresses hope for the future.
“the Shoe, the Puppet, the Motion“, presents more than 40 woodcuts and etchings by Vietnamese and Chinese contemporary artists, and helps viewers to a deeper understanding of Oriental art and culture. These artists, as both artisans and as social advocates, use their works to help mirror the active motion of the changing societies in Asia, and in Vietnam and China in particular. But instead of using avant-garde media to convey their contemporary emotions, they use their formal training in woodcut, lithography and metal-plate techniques to blend traditional elements (including animal and plant-life motifs, and Buddhist-influenced figures) with current popular aesthetics to give a portrait of life here and now. The result is work which although reflecting an uncertainty about the future, also preserves the traditional Chinese and Vietnamese cultural values with their social significance in the Asian context. We hope that the artists make this link for you; offering a way of preserving the past while looking to the future. We are grateful for the Vietnamese and Chinese artists represented in this exhibition whose works provide both insight into the cultural past, and inspiration for the present and future relationship between Vietnam and China.
We are delighted to present these artists and their prints in the “the Shoe, the Puppet, the Motion” exhibition at Studio Tho during the Spring of 2008.
The works from the exhibition, ” the Shoe, the Puppet, the Motion ” will be shown and documented continually on the website www.studiotho.com.
We are pleased to be able to offer both individual prints and also special collections of the works for sale. Further details from Studio Tho.
Sun, 06 Apr, 10-11.30 am – Artists’ talk and demonstration
with an overview of the printing techniques and the general situation of Graphic Arts in Vietnam.
Nguyen Nghia Phuong – Graphic Artist and teacher from Hanoi University of Fine Arts
Pham Khac Quang – woodcut artist
More info on traditional Printing Techniques:
78 Ma May (Handspan Building)
Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Tel: 2409877 Open daily 9am – 7pm
and by appointment