VietNamNet Bridge – ‘Do10’ by Le Hien Minh will open on Saturday at HCMC Fine Arts Museum, featuring large installations made by the artist over the last decade.
Visitors inspect ‘Book’ by Le Hien Minh at a group exhibition held at HCMC Fine Arts Museum last year. The installation will be on display this Saturday.
Do paper is a material traditionally used in the creation of Dong Ho paintings, a type of folk woodcut painting which originates in Dong Ho village, Bac Ninh Province. It is a natural paper created by the bark of the do tree. ‘Do10’ illustrates the progression of Minh’s creativity from her early 2D experiments with do paper, to her large scale sculptures of today.
Although the do paper is the central medium in Minh’s work, her overall body of work appears to have been created using a diversity of materials. This diversity of
appearance is a natural outcome of Minh’s art-making process, which engages natural elements such as rain, humidity and sun to generate unpredictable outcomes.
The exhibition will present each process in Minh’s works from pilot phase to completing phase in the material of do paper. The show will have 13 installation works, divided into three periods. The first pilot period in 2002 is on do paper via ‘Streets, vehicles, people and rain’ while the second phase from 2002 to 2004 is present in five installations such as ‘House,’ ‘Seed,’ and ‘Egg’ with techniques of tearing, burning, soaking and drying on do paper.
The third phase from 2005 to 2007 with two works ‘Clouds’ and ‘Worm’ will show her research on creating sculpture and space. The last period of 2009 to 2012 with three works ‘Bird,’ ‘Body’ and ‘Book and Dictionary’ will show her talent of combining color and simplifying skill on do paper.
The exhibition also displays ceramic models, wooden platforms, written documents as well as related pictures involved with the artist’s life.
Minh studied traditional lacquer painting at the HCMC Fine Arts University. She graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in the U.S. majoring in Fine Art. Today, Minh lives and works between HCMC and New York City. She has put on many exhibitions at home and in the U.S., Germany and South Korea. She has also won some international arts prizes.
The show will run until July 25 at the museum, 97A Pho Duc Chinh Street in District 1.