CUC Gallery at Art Stage Singapore 2018
to Jan 28

CUC Gallery at Art Stage Singapore 2018

ART STAGE is the flagship show of the Southeast Asian art world and the region’s key voice in representing the interests of Asian art in the global arena. Through its insights on the regional art landscape, the Fair acts as a catalyst for driving international interest in and understanding of Southeast Asian art and igniting heightened market activity. ART STAGE also plays a pivotal role in developing and bridging various segmented art markets in the region. At the crossroads of Southeast Asia and the world, ART STAGE creates a singular and unified Southeast Asian market, positioned to be more competitive with the more developed global art markets in the West and China. -

CUC Gallery is pleased to participate Art Stage Singapore 2018 with  4 Vietnamese artists Ly Tran Quynh Giang, Tulip Duong, Nguyen Son and Do Hoang Tuong. The exhibition will be comprised of paintings and sculptures expressed in conceptually fresh abstract forms with a fine attunement to painterly details, constellated around various found surfaces and their treatment as compositional elements, surfaces and objects.

"Ly Tran Quynh Giang’s art invites one to look deep into identities that may be concealed in her portraits and figures, and yet they rush out to you in successive layers in so far as you are willing and able to read them." - Kwok Kian Chow, Essence artbook.

"The water puppet is a millennium-old tradition in Vietnam originally performed in wet rice fields, including folklores complete with music. The movements of the puppets are controlled by chains like those used in bicycles. Tulip Duong has rejuvenated “retired” water puppets to give them a new lease on life, in a commentary on tradition and the need for constant renewal." - Kwok Kian Chow, Essence artbook.

"The communist era common serving spoon is an icon he often utilizes to evoke personal memories, individual life within a deep sense of community. Food and the kitchen seem to represent collective destiny of individuals: within these motifs, the memorialization and temporalization of individual being are framed like movie clips." - about Nguyen Son - Kwok Kian Chow, Essence artbook.

"Read against the earlier quote by Tuong, it was as if the artist denied the painted person subjectivity or even being in a physical sense." - Kwok Kian Chow, Essence artbook.

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Artist Nguyen Van Phuc in "Korea Foundation: Salt of the Jungle", Korea
to Oct 18

Artist Nguyen Van Phuc in "Korea Foundation: Salt of the Jungle", Korea

CUC Gallery is proud that artist Nguyen Van Phuc is selected to be one of 6 Vietnamese artists (groups) in the exhibition 'Salt of the jungle', commemorating the 25th anniversary diplomatic relations, organized by Korea Foundation in Seoul, Korea. This exhitbition focuses on the perspectives of young artists, tracing the rapid changes that these two societies underwent in the past 30 years. The majority of Vietnamese artists here represent the "post-Doi Moi" generation who grew up after the 1986 economic reform. The Korean artists of a similar generation, who had experienced of witnessed the liberalization of overseas travel, the Asian and Olympic Games, and democratic movements, are also often regarded as a unique generation shaped by these new social developments.

The title, "Salt of the Jungle" is borrowed from the novel by the Vietnamese writer Nguyen Huy Thiep. It refers to a flower as white as salt, with blossoms in ther jungle only once in 30 years. It is said to bring peace and prosperity to those that encounter it. In ther novel, an elderly man who had been hunting a male monkeyis shocked to see a distressed female monkey chase after her injured mate. The man, naked as a beast in the humid jungle, curses as he finally gives up. It is in this very moment that he sees the flower. While it is not clear whether this symbolizes a painful revelation for humans - a halt in the course of ruthless destruction of nature and lives - or conversely, a recognition of the beastly human nature which continues to make mistake destruction for signs of prosperity, it is the story's ability to confront this ambivalence that won its acclaim as the most poignant metaphor of the post-Doi Moi reality in Vietnam.

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to Nov 25

Personal Structures - Vietnam in Venice, Palazzo Bembo

The Venice Biennale is where art and nations meet to shout out how they always need, but sometimes dislike, each other.  For the first exhibition of Vietnamese artists presented as a group, instead of the usual route of accessing Venice via a national pavilion, they appear to have found an excellent platform the name of which cannot be more fitting – Personal Structures.

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