Light from the East, September 18 - October 14, 2012
Representations of Spirituality in Vietnamese
and Burmese Contemporary Art
Open daily from 9 am to 11 pm
Location: The East Gallery, 334 Dundas Street West, Toronto (across from the AGO)
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 19, 5.30 pm to 9 pm
Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times
Talk about Modern Buddhism:The Path of Compassion and Wisdom by the principal teacher
at Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada
Friday, October 5, 7.30 - 9 pm
Nann Nann, Khin Zaw Latt, S. Moe Z., Dinh Thi Tham Poong
Nguyen Kim Quang, Nguyen Minh Thanh, Trinh Quoc Chien,
Vu Thu Hien
The East Gallery presents eight internationally recognized contemporary artists from Vietnam and Burma who address spirituality in very personal and often unconventional ways.
The works range from S. Moe Z.’s boldly colored paintings of Burmese monks and Khin Zaw Latt’s striking Buddha images to Nann Nann’s abstract, meditative reflections about her Buddhist beliefs and Vu Thu Hien’s dreamlike and sometimes haunting watercolors that refer to the soul, to spirits and ancestor worship. Nguyen Kim Quang uses symbols from Buddhism and Taoism in his abstract, striking lacquer creations while Dinh Thi Tham Poong’s intricate watercolors reflect the spiritual relationship between humans and nature.