Artist Hung Viet Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1957. He studied Biology at Science University in Saigon, Vietnam, then transitioned to working as an illustrator, graphic artist and designer since settlement in the U.S. in 1982. He developed his artistry skills independently, studying many traditional Eastern and Western forms, media and techniques. Nguyen’s complex, labor intensive investigations of oil paint reveal a methodical mastery of texture. While portions of Nguyen’s work suggest the influence of many traditional art forms including woodblock prints, Oriental scroll paintings, ceramic art, mosaic, and stained glass, his ultimate expression asserts a contemporary pedigree.
LAUNCH LA is currently exhibiting Hung Viet Nguyen’s work from December 13 to January 17, 2015. The following is from their press release: “LAUNCH LA is proud to present Sacred Landscape by Hung Viet Nguyen. Sacred Landscape is a collection of landscapes of almost mystical serenity, fusing Nguyen’s schooling in the Eastern and Western painterly arts. Water swirls from heights, turns and levitates, the earth and rocks curve and twist into sinuous shapes: opposing landscapes threaten to collide and merge, or perhaps are frozen in separation like cells in mitosis.”
Charles Irvin received his BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has shown at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, White Columns in New York and the Museum of Modern Art in Luxembourg. Upcoming shows include a solo show at Truth and Consequences in Geneva and a group show at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. See more at charlesirvin.com.
red totem, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 62×42 in.
Green Genie, 2014, Medium Oil on canvas, Dimensions 36 x 30 inches
Mini Green totem, 2014, acrylic on paper, 15x11in.
All photos by Lee Thompson.
Time is important to D.E. May. His work resembles found objects and documents for some long-ago half-completed project. It is difficult to tell which marks were left by a previous writer and which were added by the artist’s own hand. Using paper, cardstock, cardboard and a variety of other common materials, May explores universal ideas of history and memory on the personal scale.
D.E. May lives and works in Salem, Oregon and has exhibited widely in state and throughout the country. He is included in numerous public collections including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Boise Art Museum, Portland Art Museum and the Seattle Art Museum, as well as the private collections of Blake Byrne, Werner Kramarsky, Beth DeWoody, Brad Cloepfil and Driek & Michael Zirinsky. May has been written about in Artforum, Artweek and New American Paintings. He is represented by PDX Contemporary gallery.
May received a 2013 Hallie Ford Fellowship, was one of seventeen Oregon Artists in the PORTLAND2014 Biennial and he is currently exhibiting in a solo show at LAXART in Los Angeles, CA.
Cardboard and graphite
12” x 12”
TESTBED (Q), 2014
found papers and materials, cardboard, plaster of Paris, acrylic, watercolor, ink and graphite
6” x 4” x 9/16″
This week, our featured triptych artist is David Lloyd.
Lloyd creates mixed-media paintings on shaped panels. “There’s a sort of narrative to it,” he says. “They’re based on a sort of yin and yang of the real world and the mystical world.” His many exhibitions include those held at Klowden Mann, Gallery Paule Anglim, the Orange County Museum of Art and the Museum of Art and History in California, as well as Metro Pictures and Milk Gallery in New York, along with many others. His work is in private collections internationally, and public collections include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty, the Orange County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
This week’s triptych features his work “Ephemeris” (2014, mixed media on canvas, 29 x 70 x 1/2 in. Work courtesy of Klowden Mann).
This week, our featured triptych artist is Alison Saar. Born in Los Angeles, Alison’s many solo exhibitions include Hothouse, Watts Towers Art Center, Watts, CA, and Slough, L.A., Louver, Venice, CA. She also has participated in several group exhibitions including Women and Print (2014, Ruth Candler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College) and New York City Parks Sculptures Honoring the African American Experience (The Arsenal, Central Park, New York).
This week’s triptych features her work “Cotton Eater” (2013, wood cotton, acrylic, and tar, 64 x 20 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (162.6 x 52.1 x 44.5 cm. Copyright Alison Saar. Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA).
Today’s post concerns the current triptych image on our main site, by photographer Peter Aaron. The photo is part of a series, described below.
In 2009, internationally acclaimed architectural photographer Peter Aaron visited Syria and during the course of several weeks recorded much of the country’s incomparable architectural and archaeological heritage. From Hellenistic and Roman ruins to Ottoman caravansarais, from medieval souks to Crusader castles, from early Christian pilgrimage sites to great Abbasid and Ummayad mosques, Aaron photographed a rich and remarkable array of sites, all still in use by local populations. Just months after his return to the U.S., the Syrian Civil War broke out. Since then, many of these magnificent structures, hundreds and even thousands of years old, have been severely damaged or destroyed.
From August 16 to September 7, fifty of Aaron’s most unforgettable Syrian images will be displayed at Art Space, 71 Palatine Road, Germantown New York. (Germantown is between Hudson and Rhinebeck.) Opening hours are Saturdays 11-5, Sundays 11-3. Opening reception Saturday, August 16 from 5-7.