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Young talents prove art isn't square (April 4, 2003)

Nguyen Chi Nguyen's Pham Vi Den (Black Domain) is currently on display at the 'Just One Square Metre' exhibition.

The artists, all under 35, are members of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association's Young Artists Club.

Twenty four works by 22 artists are on display at Just One Square Metre.

"The title of the exhibition is self-explanatory," Pham Binh Chuong chairman of the club, said.

"We gave the artists each a square, in which they could express their characters and unique styles as well as their comments on life."

Many of the artists found the square shape challenging, he said. The unusual shape forced artists to rethink the typical composition of their works, so that the finished work felt complete and not just like an unfinished part of a rectangular painting.

"The square art works have a modern appearance and expression," said Mr Chuong.

"They are suitable to decorate modern architecture because today's houses are always divided into square spaces," he said.

In art, the square shape is traditionally used for abstract themes, but here, the square has been used for realism, surrealism and installation.

The works use a variety of materials, including oil on canvas, lacquer and composite materials.

Mr Chuong confirmed that all works in the exhibition were painted this year in line with the club's principle: painting for artistic and academic purpose, not only for money or fun.

"We hope the audience will experience something new when viewing the exhibition and will appreciate the diversity of art within each artist's `equal piece of land,"' he said.

In the exhibition, each 'piece of land' has its own value that is not affected by market ups and downs.

The club was established three years ago and now has around 80 members under 35 years old, mainly from Ha Mi. The club has held several exhibitions in a variety of themes, including 'Not Indoors' in 2001 and 'Digi-Art' in 2002.

An exhibition titled '3-Dimensional SpaceArt' will be held in the next few months that will feature art that uses textured surfaces, or that must be viewed on the ground or from different angles.

The second 'Digi-Art' exhibition is planned for the end of the year, featuring work by non-club-members who work in new media.

The 'Just One Square Metre' exhibition is open daily at the Exhibition House, 16 Ngo Quyen until April 9.


Reprinted with permission from Nhan Dan Newspaper


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