Vin Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City
Richard Streitmatter-Tran presents his series Profilia, portraitures of women caught in their moment in contemporary society. They occupy the white space painted upon metal trays and woks, ubiquitous tools that are used everyday in parts of Asia. They project a reserved yet charismatic presence, a woman’s quiet strength.
Painting onto metal is one of the numerous mediums Streitmatter-Tran undertakes and even challenges within his art practice. In this case he explores the materiality, technique and substance through artistic explorations of this mediums and subject-matter.
Richard Streitmatter-Tran is an artist living and working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He received his degree in the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. While his practice historically has included performance and new media, his current focus involves the investigation of materials and largely through figurative sculpture, painting, installation and drawing.
His work can be found in numerous publications worldwide and is in private and public collections including the Singapore Art Museum, The Documenta Archives, RMIT University Vietnam Art Collection, IILM Art Collection and Post- Vidai Collection.
His solo and collaborative work has been exhibited internationally including Hong Kong, Paris, Venice, Germany, Singapore, Japan, China, Dublin, Thailand and Vietnam. He was an arts correspondent for the Madrid-based magazine Art.Es and Ho Chi Minh City editor for Contemporary and has published in several books, catalogues and journals.
Yohei Yama is drawn to elemental energies and his hypnotic works lay claim to the transcendent power of art to heal, or to atone. From the paralyzing aftermath of the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima sprang the essential motifs that characterize his work -- little trees, rays of light and swirling winds bridge and rebuild the bond between the artist and nature.
The art breathes and sighs – concentric circles of tiny trees swell and sway, mirroring nature’s irregular perfection, simultaneously recalling Op Art, 60s psychedelia and primitive patchwork patterns. There is also tumultuous, untamable wind; monochrome lines curl around and fold in on themselves and the result is curious – comfort in the sublimation to chaos.
‘I realised this is healing for me, for people, and for the nature humans destroy.’
Born in Saitama Japan in 1977, Yohei Yama now lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Originally a photographer by trade and traveller by nature, he had his first solo show of paintings in Arles, France and has continued as a painter ever since, exhibited widely across the globe.
For Đoàn Xuân Tặng, the mountainous region of Northwestern Vietnam never ceases to compel him to create. In fact, for most of his career, he has been making works about the people who live there, the beauty of their colourful traditional fabrics, as well as their sentiments. His past works included a series of portraits that conveyed these ethnic minority people’s sadness and torments, ingrained in their faces through streaks of colours. He painted their eyes expressive of inner sorrows and wishes for a better life. But as Tặng continues to be drawn back to the region, his impression of it shifts.
In Tặng’s new body of work, there is a sense of rejuvenation in the dancing bare feet of the people native to the golden mountain terrains, as they travel across the vast landscapes and elevate into space. Their faces are hidden behind the clouds, appearing and vanishing with the mountains and the woods. Through them, we see the artist’s admiration for the harmonious lives in which the people here live within nature. The constant movement in the artworks is also the change that we see in the artist’s practice. Pain no longer inflicts his paintings; in its place, are evocations of lives within the brilliant wilderness.