Untitled: A Letter to the Wanderer
How are you?
The weather switches frequently between cloudy, rain and sunshine, moisturizing the land in silence. Spring is answering every need for growth.
I recall Gustav’s Wing from 2012. Danh Vo’s photo captured his nephew’s figure from the back. Still a child back then, his scapula swelled on his back, like a pair of angel’s wings; now, the Gustav appeared in front of us carries himself with ease and confidence, quite accomplished and seems to be a young man who has matured through stormy rains.
In the transformations of the Mirrored Gardens, Danh is bringing us with an “Untitled (2019)” space, a space grown out of anything the artist has chanced upon or anything that has found its way to the artist. “To put all these together…that’s the only thing I basically can do, but I have to trust it because that’s my life.” (Danh Vo, 2018) In the “untitled” space, Danh’s father’s handwritten script “SUUM CUIQUE” hints at the complex transitions of the western spirit of the law; the return of Gustav is his transformation into a liberated young man capable of independent thinking; the seemingly impossible impasse between the painting teacher and the student is put aside; and the modern designs that have been dedicated to the improvement of society since the Bauhaus have become part of the constructions of individual and public spaces through variations. All these different dimensions of areas and relations interweave, through the longitudes and latitudes knitted by life, coexist in a space that can continue to communicate and become the forces that will shape the happenings of future and feedback into the unpredictable trajectory of life.
We’d like to invite friends into the “Borrowed Scenery” of Danh Vo in the Permagate Space. Will the warm light emitted from the Akari paper lamps of Isamu Noguchi and the books on the bookshelves be transformed into the nutrients for our perceptive world like a process of photosynthesis? The “Perma” in “Permagate” comes from “permaculture”, we hope that in this space we can talk more about the humble technics in the practices of life and the circulation of values from cultural study.
During this journey, Koki Tanaka’s Precarious Tasks and Impossible Project will always be with us, while the proposal from the Impossible Project will make us reflect and think again and again.
Between words and actions – how are they going to bring about a “Visionary World in a Changing State of Mind?”
Hope we will see each other and converse during our wanders at the Mirrored Gardens.
Hope all is well!
— Mirrored Gardens
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Danh Vo: Untitled
“Borrowed Scenery” of Danh Vo
Opening Date: April 28th, 2019
Mirrored Gardens view
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Parallel worlds currently presented at the Mirrored Gardens:
Permagate space 2019 edition No.1:
“Borrowed Scenery” of Danh Vo
Koki Tanaka: Impossible Project
Michele Ciacciofera: The Translucent Skin of The Present
Daily Opening Time:
11:00 – 17:00, Wednesday to Sunday
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays
Address: Mirrored Gardens, Si Hai Ma Shu, Hualong Agriculture Grand View Garden, Panyu District, Guangzhou