NEWS

Tomas Vu will showcase a selection of his Flatland prints opening at CHAO Art Center in Sanlitun, Beijing, China, on November 18, 2017. The opening reception begins at 3pm. According to CHAO, “this exhibition will present the latest explorations in print art from around the world to provide a glimpse into the symbiotic growth between print art and art history, and demonstrate how the world of art is shaped not only by artists, but also by the various mediums with which it interacts, including the form of art we call ‘printmaking’.”

November 18, 2017 on through December 16, 2017
CHAO Sanlitun
4 Workers’ Stadium E. Rd., Chaoyang District, Beijing

Vu and Tiravanija’s Fear Eats the Soul, an installation of silkscreen portraits on newsprint, paintings, live music by newly formed punk band, 3, and a t-shirt printing performance in addition to selections from Vu’s Dymaxion Chronofile opened at Mana Contemporary’s Glass Gallery on October 15, 2017 as part of the Brooklyn Rail‘s Rail Curatorial Project, Occupy Mana: Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy (Year 1). T-shirts were printed on site in clay with “Up Against the Wall Motherfucker” and “Fear Eats the Soul” in front of a backdrop of portraits of characters from film, music, and other personalities of resistance. There was also a surprise performance by Jonas Mekas, often regarded as “the Godfather of American avant-garde cinema.”

On through December 15, 2017
Mana Contemporary
888 Newark Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07306

Green Go Home opened on October 13, 2017 at Vargas Museum in Manila. In the words of the Vargas Museum, “the project dwells on, magnifies, and renders the gesture of protest looming, urgent, and lively in current time and present political life.”

(Jorge B. Vargas Museum, “Green Go Home,” news release, October 8, 2017)

Green Go Home, in collaboration with Rirkrit Tiravanija, will be shown at Vargas Museum in Manila, Philippines, from October 3 – 31, 2017. As has been done in previous iterations of the series, this site-specific installation will incorporate visual references to the history of the location where the work will be exhibited. In this case, Vu and Tiravanija will examine the cultural and historical legacy left by the many heroes (or villains) and revolutionaries of Manila and the Phillippines through the lens of silkscreen, drawing, performance and installation.

The exhibition will take place at the following address:

Vargas Museum
Roxas Avenue, UP Campus
Diliman, Quezon City, Phillippines

Previous iteration of Green Go Home (2015) drawn from the cultural and socio-political history of Madrid and exhibited at NF Galeria, Madrid, Spain.

 

Demonstration Drawing (2017) created by Tiravanija and artist volunteers at the Massart Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Boston.

Tomas Vu will present a selection of works from Flatland, an ongoing series since 1998, as part of Contemporary Silhouettes: the Art of Cut Paper at the Cahoon Museum of American Art located in Cotuit on Cape Cod, MA. Opening October 11, this show will feature silkscreen, laser engraved wood, acrylic and pencil works on paper utilizing a variety of imagery sourced from natural history catalogs, botany encyclopedias, photographs, math textbooks, architectural blueprints, Arabic mosaics, newspaper clippings and more. Flatland synthesizes an un-quantifiable and ever-growing mass of information into an impression of lived experience. Projecting a future landscape, these works describe a vision of the human species as being thoroughly in flux, floating on a cusp of a supernova or as passengers on a ship hurtling through the void.

Contemporary Silhouettes presents intricate work produced in the art form of cut paper. Contemporary artists draw upon many global folk paper traditions for inspiration, including Scherenschnitte, chuang hua, and American portrait silhouettes as they re-imagine innovative new handcrafted pieces. Artists in this exhibit- historic and contemporary- explore aspects of the silhouette, including outlines, configurational drawings, cutouts, and contrast to achieve highly intricate and inspiring effects.

October 11 – December 23, 2017
Opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 14 from 4:30 to 6:00pm

Cahoon Museum of American Art
4676 Falmouth Road (Rte. 28), Cotuit, MA 02635