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Cosmos world of Tomas Vu-Daniel comes on show
By My Tran in HCMC
Sunday,  May 15, 2011,18:18 (GMT+7)

Cosmos world of Tomas Vu-Daniel comes on show

By My Tran in HCMC

A visitor has a gander at Tomas-Vu Daniel's Flat Land exhibition in Gallerie Quynh - Photo: My Tran
A solo exhibition ‘Flat Lands by Tomas Vu-Daniel on Thursday opened at Galerie Quynh in HCMC’s District 1.

A new order was unleashed in the cosmological printed and collaged wonders of Tomas Vu-Daniel’s first solo show in Vietnam. A kaleidoscope of imagery cascades with intricate line in carefully wrought works where ink, paper, paint and wood morphs in fantastical, explosive landscapes. Lining the walls of the gallery space, Vu-Daniel’s imagined universe investigates the possibilities, images and space that make up contemporary narratives concerning the future state of the world.

“The imagery is drawn from a variety of media – such as natural history catalogues, botany encyclopedias, maps, Soviet space photographs, math textbooks, astrophysical diagrams, blueprints, Arabic mosaics, Pennsylvania water towers, pattern books, children’s stories and newspaper clippings. The images are arranged according to visual syntax like the dreamscapes of the cosmos taken by the satellite,” said Vu-Daniel.

Drawn to the way human science studies the natural world to further its scientific explorations, Vu-Daniel is also prompted by the power of dreaming as precursors to reality. Flat Lands is a fictive series of stories unraveled in an elegant blurring of color and line where paint bleeds comic-style graphics which merge in a new kind of urban flora and fauna.

Flat Lands is a body of work that began in 2008 and has been previously exhibited in Italy, China and at P.S.1 MOMA in New York.

Vu-Daniel is a painter and a printmaker. He is currently a LeRoy Neiman Associate Professor of Visual Arts at Columbia University, New York. His award-winning work has appeared in Australia, Austria, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Morocco and across the U.S. He was born in HCMC and currently lives and works in New York. Galerie Quynh is in District 1’s 65 De Tham Street.

The exhibition runs until June 4.


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