Ho Thanh Duc's Art Exhibition
by Jennifer Bauman - Register Columnist
I feel privileged to write an introduction to the current exhibition of Ho Thanh Duc's fabulous artwork, especially since I'm not an art critic. I just know that I'm amazed at the emotion and metaphors captured by tiny pieces of paper used to create a complex collage.
The first time I saw "Wall of Tear," I was sure the agonized faces would come screaming off the canvas if they weren't covered with a thick layer of lacquer. It's obvious, the Vietnam War still haunts Duc and gives many of his best works a palpable pain.
A similar compassion for humanity is evident in "Human Suffering" where Jesus Christ and Buddha both shed tears for mankind. Christ reaches out with his pierced hand, to offer the blood of salvation. Buddha offers eternal wisdom. Still. The multitude of sad faces in the valley below reflects the continued suffering of humanity.
More recent works display some optimism. The "Rock Flower" shows hardened edges of stone bursting open to reveal a plethora of brightly colored blooms inside. A closer look reveals pieces of paper imprinted with pictures of sea life, as if the world could one day be refreshed with the water of hope.
Duc's comic side is center stage in "The Honeymoon" which portrays a bare breasted wife embracing her smiling husband. Their merged faces let you know that the couple will find a marriage bed filled with connubial bliss.
I hope you enjoy Duc's exhibition as much as I've enjoyed developing a friendship with a man whose art touches people's souls.
Wall of Tear
Christ the Savior