CYCLES OF LIFE
VAALA LAUNCHES “CYCLES OF LIFE” SPRING ART EXHIBITION
Exhibition runs from March 17 – April 1, 2012
Santa Ana, CA – The Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) is pleased to announce its upcoming spring art exhibition entitled “Cycles of Life,” featuring 24 artists of Vietnamese descent from different generations. The exhibition will run from March 17th through April 1st at VAALA Cultural Center, located at 1600 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706. The gallery will be open from 12pm-5pm (and by appointment) every Saturday and Sunday for the duration of the exhibition. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The opening reception, with the artists in attendance, will be held on Saturday, March 17th from 4pm-7pm. For further details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
“Much of life is premised on cycles. As humans, 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,” co-curator James Dinh says. “Even the heights of the Himalayas will one day become piles of sand, and the process begins again. This art exhibition presents how visual artists of Vietnamese descent have addressed the theme “Cycles of Life” in their work.”
More than 120 pieces were submitted after the call-for-entries was announced last November. The exhibition will showcase 24 artists and their works created within the last five years. The artists represent different generations, and their work 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.
The exhibition is curated by artists Ann Phong, Barbara Thomason, and James Dinh. “By doing an open-call exhibition, VAALA is able to find the artists who have not had the opportunities to exhibit their work in the Vietnamese American community in Southern California,” co-curator Ann Phong says. “The audience will find a variety of styles in this exhibition. The styles range from illustrative to expressive, from traditional to contemporary, and even from very tight to loose brush strokes,” Ann Phong discloses.
In positioning one generation of artists adjacent to another generation, the exhibit asks whether there are threads of stylistic, cultural, and thematic influence or continuity between artists and artworks.
During the run of the exhibition, several events will be presented simultaneously at VAALA Cultural Center:
Details on the “Cycles of Life” art exhibition, the classical concert, and the creative writing workshop will be posted on www.vaala.org.
Ann Phong 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.