Exhibition “Particles” by Nguyen Xuan Luc

Exhibition “Particles” by Nguyen Xuan Luc

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Opening: Mon 11 Mar 2019, 6 pm
Exhibition: 11 – 18 Mar 2019, 8.30 am – 5 pm
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
66 Nguyen Thai Hoc St., Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi

From the organizer:

The exhibition “PARTICLES” is the first solo exhibition of painter Nguyễn Xuân Lục and will exhibit 34 square-sized and rectangular works and 16 round paintings.

“Grain of dust, morphed into me
Let my being one day rise and blossom
O wonders, sand and dust!
Let the sun shine through a rambling life…”

Whoever has listened to Trịnh Công Sơn’s album “Sơn Ca 7” will not come around the question: how can a complex Buddhist dogma so effortlessly be blended into the song Cát Bụi? And anyone interested in lacquer art (sơn mài) will be surprised when first laying eyes on the works of Nguyễn Xuân Lục – and just like the Buddhist Dharma is integrated in the “Trinh” music genre, the “Particles” appear no less naturally implicit in the works of the rising young artist.

The painter Nguyễn Xuân Lục was born in 1983 in the Ngo village of Chuyen My commune which forms a part of Phu Xuyen district (former Ha Tay province, now incorporated into Hanoi city), a region celebrated for its traditional crafts in mosaic, lacquer and wine making. Historically, the Ngo home village of Luc once used to be called “Chuon village”. Following land reforms the Chuon village was divided into the three new villages that were named Thuong, Trung and Ngo. Nevertheless, local villagers continue to add the historic name of the region to the new village names, usually referring to them as Chuon Thuong, Chuon Trung and Chuon Ngo. The Chuon village continues to be famous for traditional mother-of-pearl mosaic handicrafts, just as the Boi Khe village is famous for the lacquer craft. Children born in these villages grow up practicing the traditional crafts passed along by their forefathers. While many of them turn into skilled artisans as young adults, only very few are able to further elevate their traditional workman skills through a university education in fine arts, as Luc has done.

Nguyễn Xuân Lục graduated from the Sơn mài (lacquer) faculty of Hanoi Industrial Fine Art University in 2007 and dedicated his career to Sơn mài painting ever since. Before organizing this first solo exhibition, he took part in 17 group exhibitions within Vietnam as well as overseas, to all of which he contributed his Sơn mài paintings. In 2017 his work “Particles in Space” (lacquer painting, 4 panels sized 120x240cm) received the third prize in the Young Fine Art Festival organized by the Administration for Fine Art and Photography of the Vietnam Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism. His prize winning work does not mark the beginning but should rather be seen as a milestone achievement in his creative inspirational journey exploring the fragile, insignificant rank men has in society, in nature and in the infinite universe of space and time. All this, no matter how small or big, he describes with a single concept: “PARTICLES”. It marks also merely a single highlight in his unfolding journey through 12 years of visual creation characterized by growing technical sophistication and increasing sensitivity in conceptualization.

The following quote of the young artist, recorded during a 2018 group exhibition at Flamingo Dai Lai, will help to better understand his own position:

“The universal theme in all my works is the sensation of fragility and voidness of the life of men. We always feel insignificant and desolate when looking into the infinite space of our universe. The universe evokes in us a feeling of curiosity and wonder mixed with fear. And it is also the origin of our most essential question on the meaning of human existence. If we would be able to look at everything around us as a “miniature offshoot” of the heavenly bodies, then we would better realize the true essence of our own existence. It would enable us to live with more meaning and more compassion – considering our own insignificance.”

In the visual arts, the reading, listening or the looking at photographs allows only a glance at the surface, reveals only the outer shell. Only when standing in front of the real artwork will one sense: What makes “PARTICLES” so intriguing… !!!

Member of Vietnam Fine Arts Association

– Born in 1983 in Ha Tay, Vietnam.
– Graduated from Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Arts, specialized in lacquer in 2007.
– Phone: 091 550 3045 / Email: [email protected]
– Website: nguyenxuanluc.vn

2019 – The Dust Solo Exhibition at Vietnam Fine Arts Musuem.
2018 – Art In The Forest Exhibition at Arts space of Dai Lai Flamingo.
– Lacquer Painting Exhibition of Vietnam Fine Arts Association
– Viridity Peak Exhibition at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
2017 – Won the 3th prize of Festival Young Vietnamese Artists in Hanoi.
– Son Luc Exhibition at 29 Hang Bai street, Hanoi.
2016 – Art Exhibition of The Young Vietnamese Artists Club from 2011 to 2016.
– Domino Art Fair 2016 at Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city.
2015 – “In – Out” Art Exhibition of The Young Vietnamese Artists Club in Hanoi.
2014 – TET Art and Hanoi Art Market at Hang Da Galleria, Hanoi.
– Vietnamese Lacquer paintings exhibition in Rusia.
2013 – Group Art Exhibition at Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum.
– Son Ta Exhibition of Vietnamese Lacquer Painting Artists group in Hanoi.
2012 – Mekong Subregion Contemporary Art Exhibition in Thailand.
– Art Exhibition in Gwangju, Korea.
– Hanoi Fine Arts Exhibition.
– ASEAN Graphic Art Exhibition at Vietnam Fine Arts Museum.
2011 – Group Art Exhibition at Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum.

Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
66 Nguyen Thai Hoc St., Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 8.30 am – 5 pm
Telephone: +84 (0)243 733 2131 – Hotline: 1800 6576

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