A new kind of order will be unleashed in the cosmological printed and collaged wonders of Tomas Vu-Daniel’s first solo exhibition in Vietnam. A kaleidoscope of imagery cascades with intricate line in these carefully wrought works where ink, paper, paint and wood morphs in fantastical, explosive landscapes. Lining the walls of the gallery space, Vu-Daniel’s imagined universe investigates the possibilities, images and spaces that make up contemporary narratives concerning the future state of the world. Vu-Daniel watches the globe battle out its religious and political differences and is enamored by the smaller hidden tales of the natural world in its own organic evolvement, adapting and at times dying in the struggle against mankind’s treatment.
Drawn to the way human science studies the natural world to further its scientific explorations, Vu-Daniel is also prompted by the power of dreaming as precursors to reality. Flat Lands is a body of work with a cynical title for it also refers to the post-modern idea of the apocalypse, of the contemporary idea of purgatory as a temporary way-station for the judgment of souls. Flat Lands is a fictive series of stories that unravel in an elegant blurring of color and line where paint bleeds and comic-style graphics merge in a new kind of urban flora and fauna.