Danh Vo: Untitled, 2020
Danh Vo / 傅丹
Untitled, 2020 / 无题，2020
Cedar wood structure and plants 杉木结构和植物
500 × 600 × 600 cm
The structure of Untitled, 2020 is drawn from the architecture of the Dong (Kam) people, a minority population found in the hills bordering the Chinese provinces of Guizhou, Hunan and Guangxi. On a visit to the region, Vo was charmed by these simple pavilions, found on the edges of fields and roads, used by farmers, children and townsfolk as gathering places, or simply to shelter from the sun and rain. The region is rich in pine forests, and the pavilions are constructed with fine cedar. A distinctive feature is their hanging central column, which allows for more height within the space, supported by six beams that intersect with six outer pillars, all held together by the traditional building technique of tenons and mortise links. Vo has featured a variety of versions in exhibitions since 2018, for the viewer they function as communal refuges from the often austere, even corporate, context of institutional contemporary art. A flexible and adaptable structure, the pavilion is left unfinished, without a roof, exposing its inner intricacy and enabling the work to host a cornucopia of vibrant plants.
Danh Vo / 傅丹
Ink on paper / 纸上墨水
Last letter of St. Jean Théophane Vénard to his father before he was decapitated, copied by Danh Vo’s father, Phung Vo. Each handwritten text arrives in an envelope mailed by the artist’s father directly to the buyer.
法国传教士让—戴法纳·韦纳尔在 1861 年 2 月 2 日殉道前写给父亲的最后一封信，由 Phụng Võ 手书。每封将由 Phụng Võ 手书，并直接邮寄给购买者。
Courtesy of the artist and Vitamin Creative Space