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Art created from natural ingredients

Update: November, 02/2017 - 05:00
The solo exhibition Just by Being by artist Nguyễn Đức Phương will open to the public from Friday.
Viet Nam News

Hà Nội-based artist Nguyễn Đức Phương (aka Phương Giò) will unveil his art at an exhibition at Manzi Art Space on Friday.

Entitled Ngắm Giấy or Just by Being, the solo exhibition presents paintings by Phương on old books, pharmacopoeia or old bibles owned by Tày ethnic minority people from Tây Bắc northwest mountainous region of Việt Nam using natural pigment originating from soil or flowers and plants.

The exhibition also includes a series of nine sculptures made of paper and clay, acting as a chronicle of a vanishing culture, but also bringing hope.

Commenting on Phương’s works, art critic Ðỗ Tường Linh wrote: "In all of his works, the way he sees the world is saturated with nostalgia, decadence, a mourning for things past but also full of Joie de vivre. Destruction and decay are inevitable in the circle of natural movement but it is also a hope for a rebirth. Overall, that nonchalant, carefree and simple spirit in Phuong’s artistic creations is his statement: Just by being."

Just by Being will open at 6pm tomorrow and be on display until November 26. Manzi Art Space is at 14 Phan Huy Ích Street. — VNS


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