mardi 23 octobre 2012
lundi 22 octobre 2012
Tran Trong Vu’s installation: unity in three dimensions
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- An installation by Vietnamese-born French artist Tran Trong Vu is one of the central pieces at one of the showrooms at the Youth Art Palace. The creation by the artist is an attempt to breathe life into space by means of adding symbols, signs and illusions. Tran Trong Vu, a French artist of Vietnamese origin, paints on large transparent plastic sheets and installs them in space and the painting becomes an illusion. His creations involve participation by the public or at least its consent to become part of a particular creation. The visitors look for their own path in transparency between images, figures and flowers and act as if they were on a stage.
One of the goals the artist gave himself is to breathe life into space by filling it with signs and symbols, illusions and metaphors. Tran created the installation presented at the ongoing Art Week in 2012 in Paris. It reflects and sums up the artist’s views, relying on ‘a little lie’ to approach the truth.
“It’s a landscape of flowers in three dimensions. Once inside this installation, the visitor sees silhouettes that seem to be moving. Their backs face the flowers and they appear to be avoiding the flowers as if trying to escape this landscape that looks absurd but poetic at the same time,” says Tran of his installation, which has drawn a multitude of curious visitors.
The son of the famous Vietnamese poet and novelist Tran Dan and an artist of high stature, Tran Trong Vu taught at the College of Fine Arts in Hanoi, which he had graduated from in 1987. He started working and living in Paris in 1990 after completing his studies at the National Fine Arts College of Paris. His creations have gone on display in many art spaces across the world: in France, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, India, Canada, Singapore and Hong Kong... Tran Trong Vu was awarded a grant by the New York-based Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
mardi 15 mars 2011
The correspondences of a single man are a story that unfolds.
mardi 14 septembre 2010
"Yellow Memory", acrylic on red fabric, 71" x 59"
"Look at me now", oil on canvas, 71" x 106"
"The other side of the mirror", special medium on mirror, 49" x 65"
lundi 1 mars 2010
My work proposes an ironic and ambiguous glance on a cultural reality in Vietnam by creating a Beauty Contest and by inviting the public to attend it. The beauty of these young girls can deaden the cultural need of an individual who looks at them, but can it replace the need for cultural and artistic exchanges at the national level, in the globalisation of today?
These last years, one of the most outstanding symbols of the globalisation in Vietnam is the flowering of Miss Contests in all the country. Direct products of the Doi Moi (renovation period), the Miss Contests are extremely applauded by Vietnam, as if they were huge cultural activities. If cultural activities and art disciplines in Vietnam remain timid in front of the globalisation by fear of losing their traditional identity, these Miss Contests on the contrary, and more than ever, keep open spirit, without any concern for the national identity.
Candidates and organizers of Miss Contests are ready to ignore traditional and decency rules for Vietnamese women, in order to show the body's beauty in public places. They are congratulated by Cultural and Ideological Management Services. They are as well admired by the general public. But while a visual art exhibition represents nudity, it receives certainly many criticisms and discussions on the national identity, the Vietnamese manners and the moral values.
Well done Misses! Well done Globalisation!
jeudi 18 février 2010
Some people feel more confident thanks to photographic tools. This is a chance for them to show their right of owning not only the camera but also the subject taken by the camera. In other words, camera have taken them to the position of subject and every thing else around them is object. Taken pictures also helps the camera owners to show their power. They have all the privileges to control the lens and choose their subject.
mercredi 2 décembre 2009
Installation de 45 feuilles suspendues de plastique transparent, sous forme d’un grand labyrinthe.
“The panels, like heavy shower curtains, feature South Vietnamese soldiers on one side and on the other, unseen from the first side, North Vietnamese soldiers. The panels allow visitors to actually enter the work. There is also the feeling of nature and the jungle, imparted by floral patterns. As you move through the panels, you get a sense of the horror, fear ans confusion “as Vietnamese brothers killed each other using foreign weapons” (The Australian)
« Les feuilles, transparentes comme les rideaux de douche, présentent les soldats vietnamiens du Sud sur le recto et sur le verso - invisible de la première face - les soldats vietnamiens du Nord. Elles permettent aux visiteurs d’entrer réellement dans l’œuvre. Il y a également le sentiment de la nature et la jungle, grâce aux motifs floraux. Pendant que vous vous déplacez suivant les feuilles transparentes, vous obtenez un sens de l’horreur, de la peur et de la confusion «comme les frères vietnamiens qui se tuent les uns les autres en utilisant des armes étrangères» (The Australian)