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:
Roxas Avenue, UP Campus
Diliman, Quezon City, Phillippines
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
Several surfboards from Tomas’s Revolver album series will be featured in an exhibition at the Odells in Los Angeles, California, from July 13 – August 13, 2017. Implementing laser-cut technology, the surfboards are engraved on one side with intricate overlapping drawings resembling both geometric structures and organic forms. These drawings blur boundaries between the synthetic and the naturally occurring as a means of highlighting the dual role of technology–its abilities to both destroy and enhance life.
On the reverse, each board is engraved with lyrics from songs in the Beatles’s Revolver album. Growing up on China Beach, Vietnam, Vu made money taking care of the surfboards of American G.I.’s, one of whom in particular, took a liking to him and introduced Vu to the Beatles. From a very young age, Vu has recognized that the modern technologies that can turn a man into a literal killing machine can also allow him to play Beatles music for a young boy from half a world away.
Released in 1966, Revolver has been declared by music fans as “the single greatest Beatles album,” featuring early experiments in psychedelic music and more complex and mature material than the band had previously attempted (Rolling Stone, February 23, 2011). Viewers of the upcoming exhibition will have the opportunity to see favorites such as Eleanor Rigby, Here, There and Everywhere, and more songs all engraved onto Vu’s handcrafted surfboards made of paulownia wood and linseed oil.
This exhibition is in partnership with the Odells and their first YURT TAKEOVER initiative. The exhibition will be located at: The Odells, 3906 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
“Soñamos bajo el mismo cielo” (We dream under the same sky) reads one of the many phrases visitors could have screen-printed onto wearable canvas by artists, Duy Hoang and Nathan Catlin. Behind the screen-printing operation at Green Go Home, large black and white silkscreen portraits of figures from Roberto Clemente and Debbie Harry to Manny Pacquiao loom over the space. In an interview with ARTNEWS, Daniel Báez, one of the two founders of MECA, said the project “found all the fighters for freedom and put it on the wall” (Báez qtd. in ARTNEWS, Ann Binlot, “Puerto Rico’s New MECA Art Fair Opens in Debt-Ridden Island Paradise,” June 2, 2017).
Tomas will participate in the first edition of MECA International Art Fair to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from June 1 through June 4, 2017 at the Conservatory of Music in the new arts district of Santurce. Green Go Home (Thailand + Vietnam) will be featured at the fair.
MECA (named after the Spanish-language abbreviation for the mercado caribeño, or Caribbean market) is the first art fair in the Caribbean since 2010. It will bring together national and international galleries. Organizers Daniel Báez and Tony Rodríguez “aim to make an impact with bold choices, inviting who they believe to be ‘the most aggressive risk takers’ of the art world right now” (Artnet News).
For more information:
MECA Art Fair
Artnet, ‘MECA, Puerto Rico’s Newest Art Fair, Aims to Revitalize the Island’s Art Scene and Economy
Artspace, ‘Is MECA the Art Fair Puerto Rico Has Been Waiting For? A Q&A With Its Highly Ambitious Founders’