'The Past Is Present' - Opening Reception
'The Past is Present' - Solo Show of Vietnamese artis Ngo Van Sac
Ngo Van Sac, winner of Vietnam’s 2012 Dogma national portrait competition, explores the theme of temporal overlap from a variety of compelling perspectives. His wood-engravings and –burnings, paintings and collages evocatively capture the paradox of a country rushing to modernize while at the same time holding fast to images of the past. Ancient faces in traditional clothing are juxtaposed with collages of today’s newspaper headlines, while men in a traditional coffee shop are seen chatting idly in front of a wall with graffiti-like advertisements.