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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.
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Exhibition at Topaz, Queens, NYC
Curated by Chương-Đài Võ in collaboration with Topaz

Public Program:
Conversation with art historian Jane DeBevoise,
curator Chương-Đài Võ and Frédéric Dialynas Sanchez

 
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Temple, Star, Full Moon, 2016
Invitation card by Jean-Sébastien-Grill & F.D.S

 
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The Golden Age: Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, 2016, exhibition view at TOPAZ

 
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Lionel Descostes & F.D.S, Starry Sky, 2015, embroidery on silk, 150 x 100 cm

 
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The Golden Age: Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, 2016, exhibition view at TOPAZ

 
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Sebastien Gouju & F.D.S, Falling Star, 2016, ceramic, concrete and brick, 20 x 14 x 9 cm

 
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Left: Francis Morandini & F.D.S, Delta, 2016, acrylic on C print, 150 x 100 cm
Right: Carol Cassidy & F.D.S, Moonless Nights, 2015, 100% hand-woven silk, 100 x 200 cm

 
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Left: Carol Cassidy & F.D.S, Lao Lao, 2015, 100% hand-woven silk, 65 x 165 cm
Right: Jean-Sébastien Grill & F.D.S, Nocturne Landscape, 2016, print on fabric, 150 x 225 cm

 
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Joe Fyfe & F.D.S, Duong Yersin, 2016, acrylic and collage on canvas, 8 x 4 ft
Duong Ky Con, 2016, acrylic and collage on canvas, 8 x 4 ft
Duong Nguyen Cong Tru, 2016, acrylic and collage on canvas, 8 x 4 ft
Duong Calmette, 2016, acrylic and collage on canvas, 8 x 4 ft

 
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Right: Emma Perrochon & F.D.S, Spirits of Hanoi, 2012, video, 26 min

 
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Nic Ford, Jean Sébastien Grill & F.D.S, Night at the Observatory, 2016, video animation, 60 min