SAN ART presents ‘SHAPING A LINE’, showcasing select skills of draughtsmanship from contemporary Vietnam
Participating artists Vũ Dân Tân, Nguyễn Bảo Ngọc, Sita Raiter, Lê Thanh Tùng, Phan Ngọc Lan Chi, Sandrine Llouquet, Lê Hoàng Bích Phượng, Nguyễn Đức Hồng Quang
Drawing on paper using ink, watercolor, pencil, charcoal, and other mediums are not new to Vietnamese art, but local artists who pursue this form of expression as a dominant mode of their practice are few and far between. Internationally, the art of drawing is a celebrated medium with dedicated museum expertise responsible for writing about its history and relevance (such as the Drawing Centre in New York), however sadly in Vietnam, the skill of drawing is still considered inferior to the plastic arts. The brilliance of artists such as William Kentridge (South Africa), Qiu Anxiong (China), Eko Nugroho (Indonesia) and many more, whose drawings have taken on new forms that have been internationally toured around the globe, are not seen nor discussed in Vietnamese art education curricula. In Vietnam, drawing on paper has predominantly been considered a sketch to note draft ideas for a work in another medium, despite the fact that these drawings are often beautiful, with rigour in their own right.
In response to this context, ‘Shaping a Line’ will showcase the work of eight local artists whose training in various backgrounds, such as architecture, illustratration, animation and fashion, has informed their art with particular intriguing influences in terms of subject and treatment of the drawing medium.
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Tung Le ( Crazy Monkey)