CYCLES OF LIFE
March 17 - April 1, 2012
Much of life is premised on cycles. We are born, grow up, and eventually die. During this process, we give birth to other human beings who perpetuate the genes that we ourselves had inherited. This art exhibition presents how visual artists of Vietnamese descent have addressed the theme "cycles of life” in their work. It offers for examination whether aspects of culture (Vietnamese / American / other) have influenced the artists’ understanding and interpretation of this theme. Simultaneously, it aims to show how the artists themselves belong to larger cycles of artistic influence. In positioning one generation of artists adjacent to another generation, the exhibit asks if there are threads of stylistic, cultural, and thematic influence or continuity between artists and artworks.
The exhibition features recent works by Benjamin Vu, Cao Ba Minh, Cao Hung-Lynh, Chau Thuy Huynh, Chi Le, Debbie Nguyen, Deo Chinh Mung, Dinh Cuong, Dong Duy, Giao Pham, Ho Anh, Howard Tran, Hugo Nguyen, Hung Viet Nguyen, Jerry Truong, Julie Thi Underhill, Luong Van Ty, Mike Do, Nguyen Khai, Nguyen Ly, Nguyen Thi Hop, Nguyen Trong Khoi, Nguyen Van Trung, and Viet Le. More than 120 pieces were submitted after the call-for-entries was announced last November. The exhibition will showcase the works of these 24 artists created within the last five years.
In tandem with the exhibition, a classical music concert, themed “Spring!” will take place on Sunday, March 18th, from 3pm-4:30pm, featuring performers from the local community. And co-presented by the Common Ground open mic series, VAALA will also host a 2-day creative writing workshop, with an open mic showcase at the closing weekend.
About the curators:
Ann Phong received her M.F.A. in painting from California State University, Fullerton in 1995. She currently teaches Fine Arts at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and serves as VAALA’s Board President. Her work has been widely exhibited in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, Houston, Vancouver, Paris, and Japan.
Barbara Thomason received her B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting in 1969 and M.A. in Printmaking in 1973 from California State University, Long Beach. She has been active in art education for many years and has taught Fine Arts at various institutions, including: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; University of Southern California (USC); and Otis College of Art and Design.
James Dinh received his M.L.A. (Master of Landscape Architecture) degree from UC Berkeley’s School of Environmental Design. He currently works as a landscape architect, designing private and public open spaces. He also heads up Studiodinh, a multi-disciplinary design practice that engages with large and small projects, from site-specific environmental installations to graphic design.