Editor's Pick: New Exhibition Celebrates Mother Nature
While each artist visualized their own relationship with nature using different sources of inspiration and mediums, a common theme shines through - contemporary artists from all over the world depict nature with its intimate relationship with humans.
|“Human & Nature Revisited” is a group exhibition of 14 artists from many countries like Vietnam, Poland, and The Netherlands (Photo: Chau & Co Gallery).
The pieces depict the self-expression, emotional journaling, and even social commentary of the artists and their own relationship with nature. In their imagination, the multi-cultured artists revisited their favorite outdoor places, which formed their identities.
It could be a familiar environment that their lives depend on, perhaps before the day that they were born. Some choose to recreate their hometowns with the deep and misty forest. Others are inspired by the ocean, featuring the place where young men and their experienced fathers sail out every dawn catching fish.
From top to bottom, left to right: Autumn (2008), Vanity (2010) Side Table (2010), Weather Girl (2008) by Henriette van Gasteren (Photo: Henriette van Gasteren's Facebook page).
The artworks show the endless possibilities of our creative minds extracting from a simple theme. This is a thought-provoking perspective of the exhibition. Viewers can find unfamiliar interpretations of “human - nature” when artists like Ruslan Vu or Henrientte van Gasteren combine human faces and figures with flowers, animals, or insects. Curious minds can stare at abstract paintings by artists like Marta Kisiliczyk or Cristina Gonzalez to forget that they are in the middle of Hanoi and picture themselves in the middle of a tropical jungle.
The exhibition not only features paintings but also digital collages with real images and photographs. However, the photorealism of some traditional paintings makes detecting which artwork is 100% photography or not makes an interesting discovery for visitors.
From top to bottom: Flower of life (2021) by Marta Kisiliczyk, WIP (2023) by Yang Yang (Photo: Nhung Nguyen).
There are captures of the wild like mountains, the ocean waves, or rivers that wow you with their splendor; community livelihoods like rice terraces, lakes, or bee farms also make their appearances. Viewers can have fun using their imagination to explore layers of meaning associated with "nature." This art collection also sends a friendly reminder for us to appreciate the environment affecting our lives directly.
Art lovers gather at Hoang Minh Chau's prestigious gallery. (Photo: Chau & Co Gallery).
|The "Human & Nature Revisited" exhibition opens from October 14 - 22 at the Chau & Co Gallery. This is an exhibition curated by Hoang Minh Chau (Vietnam) & Pauline van den Berg (The Netherlands) featuring award-winning artists like Nguyen Van Tung (Vietnam), Phan Dinh Khanh (Vietnam), Duc Pham (Vietnam), Marta Kisiliczyk (Poland), Teppo Korte (Finland) and Rik Lina (Holland).
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