Join us June 14, 2014
TOPAZ ARTS Visual Arts Program presents Past Present: Resurfacing
a solo exhibition of woodwork, sculpture and painting by An Ngoc Pham
June 14 to September 14, 2014
opening reception: Saturday, June 14, 3-6pm
On June 14, 2014, TOPAZ ARTS will present in its newly expanded gallery space a solo exhibition by NYC-based Vietnamese-American artist An Ngoc Pham featuring woodwork, sculpture and painting. On view from June 14 to September 14, 2014, an opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 14 from 3-6pm at TOPAZ ARTS, located at 55-03 39th Avenue in Woodside, Queens.
Past Present: Resurfacing features An Ngoc Pham’s body of work, surveying a 25-year span made in New York City. An Pham’s newest series, primarily in woodwork and sculpture, include “Flags” (2014) and “Shadow on the Great Hall of the People” (2012). Earlier works in oil painting “Sister’s Life” (1991) and light sculpture “Christmas in the Time of War” (1999) were originally shown in the 1990s as part of Asian-American arts activists known as Godzilla and in group shows alongside other Vietnamese artists. An Pham’s precise works are ingrained with his views and recollections of growing up in a war-torn country. Honing his skills working as a carpenter for over 25 years and influenced as an artist assistant to sculptors such as the late Richard Artschwager and Dan Flavin, he currently lives in Queens and works in his studio in Brooklyn.
“Carpentry solidifies the hand and the mind to create a work of art. My art is a representation of my political views and my understanding of life.” – An Ngoc Pham