THE GOLDEN AGE: CAMBODIA, LAOS, VIETNAM
|When||4 Jun 2016 - 25 Jun 2016|
|Where||TOPAZ ARTS, Inc.
55-03 39th Ave
Woodside, NY 11377
Opening Reception and Conversation: Saturday, June 4, 3pm
With art historian Jane DeBevoise, artist Frédéric Dialynas Sanchez, and curator Chương-Đài Võ
Curator: Chương-Đài Võ
Artists: Frédéric Dialynas Sanchez in collaboration with Carol Cassidy, Lionel Descostes, Nic Ford, Joe Fyfe, Sébastien Gouju, Jean-Sébastien Grill, Francis Morandini and Emma Perrochon
The Golden Age is a “travelogue” and “experimental diary” of Frédéric Dialynas Sanchez’s artist residencies, projects and travels in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia over the past decade. Born in Auxerre, the French artist of Catalan, Cretan and Vietnamese descent first went to Vietnam in 2006. Influenced by his regular travels to Asia since then, he has developed a post-abstraction practice that engages with questions of translation, the decontextualization and transformation of familiar practices, and collaborations with artists of different genres and media.
When he first visited the home of his paternal forebears, Dialynas Sanchez felt disoriented and overwhelmed by the visual, aural and psychic energy of Vietnamese society. He immersed himself in the temples, museums, parks, and public life. He used art to process his experiences, and he saw Hanoi as a huge exhibition space with installations on view on every street block. The stalls, businesses, cafes and daily life that populated the sidewalks were a rich source of found abstractions and materials.
In collaboration with other artists who have visited or presently live in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, Dialynas Sanchez creates sculptures, paintings and multi-media work that are part found forms and part artistic interpretation. The works blur the line between art and craft, tradition and innovation, painting and photography, visual art and music, and the artistic and the documentary.
Chương-Đài VÕ is a Researcher at Asia Art Archive and an independent curator. Her exhibitions have been selected in curatorial competitions sponsored by apexart in New York City, New Art Center in the Boston-area, and Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City. She is a former Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; in addition, she has received fellowships and grants from Asian Cultural Council, Fulbright Program, National Endowment for the Humanities, and University of California Pacific Rim Research Program. She has a PhD from University of California, San Diego, and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.
Frédéric DIALYNAS SANCHEZ is a French artist of Cretan, Spanish and Vietnamese heritage, currently based in Paris and Sète. He graduated from Arts & Design School of Dijon (ENSAD, 2008). He completed a post-diploma in visual arts in Lyon, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Rehm (ENBAL, 2008/2009), and a post-master program in Shanghai managed by Paul Devautour (L’École Offshore, 2013/2014). His first solo show took place at Suffusive Art Gallery in Hanoi (2007). His paintings have been included in Portrait de l’artiste en motocycliste and The artist as a collector, both curated by Olivier Mosset at Le Magasin, CNAC of Grenoble (2009); Museum of Fine Arts of La chaux de fond (2010); and Museum of Contemporary Arts of Tucson (MOCA) in Arizona (2010/2011). He took part in an exhibition about globalization and tourism titled Cosmotopia at Le Commun, BAC of Geneva (2012), in which he showed work made in response to his time spent in Vietnam. He has completed artist residencies in Hanoi, Saigon, Vienna, Rotterdam and Boston.
Image: Frédéric Dialynas Sanchez and Jean-Sébastien Grill, Night on Earth, 2016
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