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February 6, 2018

Tomas Vu is now represented in Miami by Fred Snitzer Gallery and will participate in Still Crazy 1977-2017 to commemorate the gallery’s 40th-anniversary.

Opening reception: Friday, February 16, 2018, 7 – 10pm
Exhibition: February 16 – March 31, 2017
Fredric Snitzer Gallery
1540 NE Miami Court, Miami, FL 33132

January 11, 2018

Tomas Vu’s work will be shown at People I Love Who Are Far Away, an exhibition featuring artists whose practices deal with migration in one way or another as part of the New York Immigration Coalition’s YPLC’s inaugural event of 2018. The show will be held at E. Tay gallery with an opening on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

E. Tay Gallery, 39 White Street, New York, NY
Opening: Thursday, February 1st, 6:30 – 9pm

*All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the NYIC.

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January 10, 2018

Tomas Vu will participate in the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Program in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, as an artist-in-residence in Kohler Co.’s Pottery beginning in the winter term of 2018.

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November 13, 2017

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

October 25, 2017

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

October 25, 2017

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)

August 28, 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.

August 25, 2017

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

June 27, 2017

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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

May 31, 2017

“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).

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PAST

February 6, 2018

Tomas Vu is now represented in Miami by Fred Snitzer Gallery and will participate in Still Crazy 1977-2017 to commemorate the gallery’s 40th-anniversary.

Opening reception: Friday, February 16, 2018, 7 – 10pm
Exhibition: February 16 – March 31, 2017
Fredric Snitzer Gallery
1540 NE Miami Court, Miami, FL 33132

January 11, 2018

Tomas Vu’s work will be shown at People I Love Who Are Far Away, an exhibition featuring artists whose practices deal with migration in one way or another as part of the New York Immigration Coalition’s YPLC’s inaugural event of 2018. The show will be held at E. Tay gallery with an opening on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

E. Tay Gallery, 39 White Street, New York, NY
Opening: Thursday, February 1st, 6:30 – 9pm

*All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the NYIC.

link

 

January 10, 2018

Tomas Vu will participate in the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Program in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, as an artist-in-residence in Kohler Co.’s Pottery beginning in the winter term of 2018.

link

October 25, 2017

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

October 25, 2017

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)

August 25, 2017

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

January 25, 2016

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Tomas will be the featured artist at the LOOC Art booth at the Art on Paper fair, March 3-6, 2016, Pier 36, New York City.

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Art on Paper

January 25, 2016

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Tomas interviewed by Saskia Krafft for BmoreArt:

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