Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6 from 5pm to 8pm
Vu Nguyen’s work is abstract, but it hasn’t always been that way. “Over the past several years, representational elements in my work have gradually vanished,” he says. “My focus has shifted more towards the experiential aspects of art making. I want to make thoughtful works that represent my cultural background and my relationship with the natural world. The repetitive motion of making small marks within a confined space has a sort of meditative quality. It describes a state of movement and continuous change.”
This show includes two seven-foot-tall paintings, Meridian 1 and 2, that represent this flow and change and discomposition. These are set off, or perhaps elaborated, by four series of drawings devoted to earth, the motion of water, and the complexity of surface. “These patterns reflect my observations of the elements that make up physical and non-physical spaces,” says Nguyen. “There is a sense of randomness dispersed among an organized matrix that relates to topographic maps in their description and quantification of boundaries, elevations, and depressions. I use drawing and painting interchangeably to achieve a certain level of spontaneity. Inevitably my early influences came from traditional Asian art, particularly landscape painting and its poetic connection to nature.”
Foundry Gallery is located at 2118 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001. Visit the gallery online at www.foundrygallery.org or reach the gallery by phone at (202) 232-0203.