How can our attitude towards water change our lives? Why do we continue to endanger our future by polluting water? What stories can our waterways tell us? In “Nước Là Sự Sống,”NewYork-based artist StoLen asks these questions and more as he explores water as medium, metaphor, and muse. Working outside from a boat, Sto’s work integrates the traditional art of Suminagashi with experimental marbling to print directly off the water. In the lead up to his solo exhibition at Vin Gallery Sto will explore the local waterways of Ho Chi Minh City to capture the water’s stories with prints, video, and sound. The title “Water is Life” references the slogan from the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in the U.S. and plays on the Vietnamese word Nước, which has a double meaning of water and country. This exhibition gives voice to a global struggle to maintain clean water by focusing on local waterways and their communities.Sto believes these bodies of water contains valuable information that we need to document. His prints capture the water’s memories of what has happened there.
Opening on 1 December 2017, 6-9pm. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the guest list. Vin Gallery 6 Đường Lê Văn Miến, Thảo Điền, Hồ Chí Minh
Sto Len is a printmaker, sculptor, painter, musician, and curator with interests in improvisation and experimentation within a variety of media. Currently based in Brooklyn with familial roots in Vietnam, his work incorporates these bonds connecting issues of both their history, environment, and politics. Sto Len has exhibited his artwork internationally, including exhibitions in NY, Vietnam, Japan, London, Australia, Denmark, Canada and Mexico City. Sto co-founded of the alternative Art space Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn NY which has exhibited hundreds of artists since its inception in 2004 and continues to curate exhibitions as a project-based Non-Profit Arts organization.