Thursday, September 18, 2008

“Yelling Clinic” - Art Exhibit

The Compound Gallery and Studios presents

“Yelling Clinic”

(September 13, 2008-Ocober 6, 2008)

Educational Tea: Sunday September 21, 3-5pm
with Nam Tran Nguyen, Chau Thuy Huynh, and
Kieu Linh Caroline Valverde

The Compound Gallery & Studios
6602/6604 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94608

If you're in the East Bay this Sunday, please come out to see some innovative works by Vietnamese Americans. I will be moderating an "educational tea". Featured will be controversial artist, Chau Thuy Huynh. Her creation of a pedicure basin painted in the image of the flag of a defeated South Viet Nam (image on right) spurred on a 3-month long protest by staunch anti-communist refugees in Orange County this year.

"Chau Thuy Huynh was raised in Vietnam as a Communist propaganda artist. After she moved to America at the age of 27, her artistic restrictions were removed and she began exploring Vietnam from a different perspective. For this show, she is exhibiting a drawing from her series entitled Soul Catcher. Inspiration came from interviews taken from a Vietnamese Boat survivor, An Nguyen. The drawings are of An Nguyen's words super imposed on Vietnamese newspapers templates and made into childlike paper boats. One of the images is shown above.

See you there!

Update: The event went very well. Thank you for all who attended. Pix below is of me with artist Chau Huynh and one of the boats from her "Soul Catcher" series.

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