"Legacies of War" Acrylic on Canvas, 6ft x 4ft, 2017
This new body of work is inspired by the organization Legacies of War (legaciesofwar.org). Their mission statement: "is to raise awareness about the history of the Vietnam War-era bombing in Laos and advocate for the clearance of unexploded bombs, to provide a space for healing the wounds of war, and to create greater hope for a future of peace." As a refugee, the process of connecting and disconnecting with a place or community are abstracted ideas of migration as an immigrant. The collage and painting process is unpredictable and is an ongoing dialogue about assimilating and relocating into another culture and space. The work capture and embrace architecture and built environment in its state of flux. Teetering between realism and abstraction, I fold space and time to connect with the fleeting world. To achieve a kaleidoscopic effect, I employ multiple viewpoints, rhythmic fragmentations, and strong color contrast to fuse both the contemporary and historical landscape elements into one.
June 2, 2017: I am shocked that I have just been awarded a prestigious TN Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for 2D, $5000
May 18, 2017: Flying Solo Exhibit, Arts in the Airport, Nashville BNA, I will be installing a 18 feet x 6 feet painting at the left ticket lobby, in February 2018 , Juried Show, whoop, whoop!
May 30, 2017: I am excited to be part of the very competitive Red Clay Survey, Huntsville Museum of Art, Juror: Gerry Bergstein, Huntsville, AL (1500 entries were submitted, 81 works will be shown by 53 Artists). Opening Reception and award ceremony will be on July 8th from 630-830PM
April 04, 2017: A massive shout out and Thank You to Wall Street International (WSI) for the review on the Legacies of War show at Tinney Contemporary. Daniel Gauss is a brilliant writer with over 200 reviews under his belt.
March 18, 2017: Spring 2017 Create Magazine is on the shelves! Juried by Bridgette Mayer https://www.facebook.com/create.art.magazine
March 16, 2017:I am humbled and honored to have been interviewed by Ai Kingsavanh Pathammavong, from VOA (Voices of America: Lao Channel) about my recent solo show at Tinney Contemporary, my affiliation with Legacies of War and my life as a "Rare Laotian American Painter". Sorry, but it is mostly in Laotian..ha. Here is the link.
March 12, 2017: So honored to have been interviewed by Melinda Baker for the Tennessean.
Feb 25-March 25th 2017 / Reception/Talk March 4th 6-9PM: Legacies of War, Solo Show, Tinney Contemporary Gallery, Nashville TN. http://tinneycontemporary.com/exhibitions/details/legacies_of_war/
March 2017: Defied Structures, solo show, University World College Library, Phuket, Thailand
Feb. 1st-March 1st 2017: Artist in Residence, two weeks at University of World College, Phuket, Thailand
March 2017: Visiting Artist at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Dec. 2016: Three Hummingbird paintings will be on displayed for a year at the law firm of Nelson Mullins, Nashville, TN
Oct. 2016: Three Collages Auctioned off for Legacie of War, NYC
Sept. 2016: ART Exchange Exhibition: It Takes A Village: Rebirth and Transformation, Long Beach, CA
Aug. 2016: Tools of the Trade, MTSU Faculty Show, Todd Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN
May 2016: Intersectionalities: Defining the Lao American Narrative in Visual Arts, Centro Cultural De La Raza, Juror: Sayon Syprasoeuth, San Diego, CA
May 2016: Artist Panel at Lao Writer's Summit, San Diego, CA
March 2016: 18th International Collage Exhibition & Exchange, Traveling Exhibition: The Verbeke Foundation in Belgium, Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford, New Zealand
March 2016: Poetic Logic, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Juror: Shawn Watrous, Won Purchased Award, Sewickley, PA
Feb. 2016: Art in Embassies, Three bronze framed hummingbird pieces (collaborated with Jarrod Houghton) purchased for American Embassy, Paramaribo, Suriname