Abandoned by Heaven
08 October 2017 9:00 am
Craig Thomas Gallery
Craig Thomas Gallery will be hosting Abandoned by Heaven, a solo exhibition of oil and Dong Ho folk paintings on canvas by Hanoi-based artist Bui Thanh Tam. The opening reception will be at the Tran Nhat Duat gallery on Oct. 6, and the exhibition will run until Oct. 30.
Concerned with the effects of hyper-materialism that are increasingly evident in Vietnam, Bui Thanh Tam believes this phenomenon is eroding the country’s unique culture and values. In response, he has created a body of work that is a pastiche of the country’s nouveau riche. His subjects grin inanely out of his canvases as they revel in their privileged lifestyles. For Tam this shows how these fashionable but empty-headed people represent not progress but a coarsening and increasing vacuity in Vietnamese cultural life.
Born in 1979 in Thai Binh Province in the northern coastal region of Vietnam, an area known as the homeland of Vietnamese water puppetry, Tam currently resides in Hanoi. He is a 2009 graduate of the Vietnam Fine Arts University. Abandoned by Heaven is his second solo exhibition at Craig Thomas Gallery.
Craig Thomas Gallery is at 27i Tran Nhat Duat, Q1, HCMC. For more information click on cthomasgallery.com