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The Golden Age: Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
For his first solo exhibition in New York City, Frédéric Dialynas Sanchez made new work in collaboration with Carol Cassidy, Lionel Descostes, Nic Ford, Joe Fyfe, Sébastien Gouju, Jean-Sébastien Grill, Francis Morandini and Emma Perrochon.
The Golden Age is a “travelogue” and “experimental diary” of Dialynas Sanchez’s artist residencies, projects and travels in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia over the past decade. Born in Auxerre, the French artist of Catalan, Cretan and Vietnamese descent first went to Vietnam in 2006. Influenced by his regular travels to Asia since then, he has developed a post-abstraction practice that engages with questions of translation, the decontextualization and transformation of familiar practices, and collaborations with artists of different genres and media.
When he first visited the home of his paternal forebears, Dialynas Sanchez felt disoriented and overwhelmed by the visual, aural and psychic energy of Vietnamese society. He immersed himself in the temples, museums, parks, and public life. He used art to process his experiences, and he saw Hanoi as a huge exhibition space with installations on view on every street block. The stalls, businesses, cafes and daily life that populated the sidewalks were a rich source of found abstractions and materials.
In collaboration with other artists who have visited or presently live in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, Dialynas Sanchez created sculptures, paintings and multi-media work that are part found forms and part artistic interpretation. The works blur the line between art and craft, tradition and innovation, painting and photography, visual art and music, and the artistic and the documentary.
Exhibition at Topaz, Queens, NYC
Curated by Chương-Đài Võ in collaboration with Topaz
Conversation with art historian Jane DeBevoise,
curator Chương-Đài Võ and Frédéric Dialynas Sanchez