“BLOSSOMS AND BIRDS” by Thai Nhat Minh & Tran An
Opening: 17h30, 15.06.2018
Exhibition; 15.6 – 06.07.2018
At: eSpace, Floor 3, Savina building, No. 01, Đinh Le Street, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi
The sculpture exhibition “Blossoms & Birds” by two young sculptors Thai Nhat Minh and Tran An which is exhibited in the Espace is a perfect display where the workspace and art space intertwined. The two themes “Blossoms” and “Birds” sculptured with the two opposing materials “Paper and Iron” are interestingly combined through the creative mixture of colors, materials and geometrical language.
Thai Nhat Minh used the “paper pulp” material mixed with the glue and other natural materials and colors for his work. The hands-on technique helped him to convey all his emotions during the manipulation of the artifacts. The way he used the material was like the way the bees and ants build their nests, which is pristine and nature-close.
Tran An used “Iron” combined with the industrial and modern techniques of casting and welding. He has the activeness in molding, bending, cutting, welding and grinding techniques as well as the ability in connecting regardless the dependence on the ratio, weight and volume of the artifacts. The understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the iron material helped him create aesthetic works which have both toughness, coldness and stubbornness as well as charm, sentiment and poetry, which is close to a modern social life.
Thai Nhat Minh often borrows the image of animals, especially birds to tell his stories because he conceives birds as a symbol of dream, aspiration and peace. The birds, in many folk tales that he has read, also convey culture, beliefs and history. In this series of works, he used the “Bird” image to express his concerns in waiting, in remembrance, in reminiscing about the past or just a sense of space and time with the sun and four-seasons round.
Tran An was inspired by the nature. In his conception, the stems, leaves or flower buds all contain abundant sources of energy and are full of vitality. Through the “Blossoms” Collection, he wants to capture the most beautiful, hidden and wonderful moment of the nature and to convey the hope of growth and expansion for a brilliant future into his artworks.
“Birds” and “Blossoms” are not simply birds and flowers; they are concerns, dreams, hope and sentiments for the nature and the life that Thai Nhat Minh and Tran An desire to convey through this exhibition.