Art and the City: Vu Nguyen
The beauty of light and clarity, water and life, draws your attention to the center of the painting, “Nine Dragon River Delta.” Look again, it is being enveloped by a dark new reality. The timeless balance of life cycles in this region of Vietnam is dying.
Foundry Gallery Group Show: “Memory” February 28 – April 1, 2018
Vu Nguyen’s Nine Dragon River Delta revisits a complex childhood scene, both in memory and in the present.
Here & Elsewhere – Jan 31 – Feb 25
OPENING RECEPTION: FEB 3, 2018 @ FOUNDRY GALLERY 5-8 PM
2118 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Vu Nguyen paints passionate, modernist abstracts that refer with outraged mourning to ecological disasters in Vietnam, where he grew up. A physician and trained artist, Nguyen explores the theme further in a beautiful, dream-like series of drawings, Mountain Fire
Tropical Wasteland: Vu Q. Nguyen solo exhibition
Friday November 3, 2017 – Sunday February 25, 2018
The abstracted landscapes of artist Vu Q. Nguyen are inspired by the Mekong River Delta region of Vietnam, where he was raised. The Mekong River Delta is where 22% of the country’s population lives and the source of approximately half of the country’s food production. Rising sea levels present a challenging environmental obstacle for agriculture in the region. What remains of the fertile land is plagued by widespread poverty. This poverty is rampant throughout the community that relies on the land for survival. As an observer, Nguyen’s work interprets the effects of humans on the environment. He believes that awareness of environmental issues such as climate change can be a first step towards making changes that will sustain future generations.