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A new form of art that can speak volumes for artists (June 16, 2004)

Installation, an indispensable part of daily life, has eventually become an art as a result of people’s boundless creativity. Modern life is forcing people to be more dynamic and artists have employed installation art to express their interest in a changing society and their desire for innovation.

Deputy Secretary General of the Vietnam Fine Art Association, painter Huy Oanh said "The language of art has become more and more diverse. It removes things, which fail to articulate aspirations and ambitions of the younger generation. Therefore, there is a need for a new language of art, which should originate from the tradition of each nation."

Painter Luong Xuan Doan holds that, while painting appears to have come to a standstill, installation art has incited a new taste of aesthetics. Since the late 1990s, this new form of art has been introduced at various exhibitions in Vietnam. At the 4th National Fine Art and Sculpture Exhibition in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city early this year, installation works lured the attention of a large number of visitors. Viewers were intrigued and had diffident views about the implication of an art work called "The appearance" which featured numerous pieces of instant noodle. Many artists took up aluminum and rusted metal wires to illustrate their anti-war attitude or arranged forks and spoons in the shape of a fish to raise people’s awareness about environmental protection.

Painter Truong Tan said "I have to seek installation art when painting can no longer fully express my ideas although this art has been introduced overseas for long. Now I have the feeling that I can completely speak my mind."

Painter Tran Luong said installation art, which requires a larger space and shifts from manual skills to the application of scientific and technological advances, has created a better environment for artists to make full use of their creativity.

Young painter Nguyen Tri Manh confided that he likes this new form of art because it provides a means for brainstorming to rise to more challenges. Many installation art exhibitions have won high acclaim from audiences while others drove viewers from surprise to shock with artists using their own body languages to create their works of art, backed by audio-visual effects.

Art critic Nguyen Quan said the installation art lies in the boundary between different forms of art and is dubbed "the multi-media language of art". It reminds people of many urgent social issues they are facing in daily life, including traffic, drug abuse and social evils. People accept it as a good reminder about reality.

Reprinted from VOV News


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