Quach Bac’s works are developed from what he suddenly saw and stayed in his memory. It could be a memory, something familiar rediscovered in a new light, it could be a thought, a reflection or a contemplation that serves as his source of inspiration which is then, one day, translated into a visually expressed piece of art.

“Painting, it’s my way of avoiding a direct confrontation with society and this ruthless world, where we are disintegrated in a thousand ways, where dreams don’t come true and wounds won’t be healed,” Quach Bac shared his concerns over today’s reality of society.

But what’s even more important than emotions is deeper reflection and awareness about reality. In other words, it’s a mature and insightful view of the world we’re living in, of the absolute loneliness found in every person, of the dullness, tedium and emptiness we face disguised in flashy facade and of false values ​​that are ruling the world.

Quach Bac aims towards multi-semantic value in his works and utilizes themes of paradox, contradiction, and what is less habitually accepted. There’s no one single reality in his paintings but multiple, alternative ones.

He does not choose to visually please his audience by satisfying their aesthetic needs, or touch their sensibilities with visual tricks. Instead he provokes them to think, doubt, question and wonder, so that they can engage in the artwork to think and talk about it more. And as a result, they sometimes become part of the artwork. He thinks every artwork has its audience. The artist should focus on doing his best and the rest will follow afterwards.

Quach Bac
Artist

Artist Quach Bac was born in 1988 in Hanoi and is known as a young promising Vietnamese contemporary artist.

He graduated from National University of Art Education in 2010 and Vietnam University of Fine Arts in 2015. So far, all 3 of his solo exhibitions including “The Sky of Fame” (2016), “Falling into the horizon” (2019) and “Waterscape” (2020) organized at Craig Thomas Gallery, Manzi Art Space and Blue Gallery have all received rave reviews from art insiders He has also participated in 20 different large and small group exhibitions in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

In 2016, together with some outstanding young artists in Vietnam, he participated in the “Tự Lập” residency program in Penang, Malaysia organized by Asiarta Art Foundation.

Quach Bac
Artist

Artist Quach Bac was born in 1988 in Hanoi and is known as a young promising Vietnamese contemporary artist.

He graduated from National University of Art Education in 2010 and Vietnam University of Fine Arts in 2015. So far, all 3 of his solo exhibitions including “The Sky of Fame” (2016), “Falling into the horizon” (2019) and “Waterscape” (2020) organized at Craig Thomas Gallery, Manzi Art Space and Blue Gallery have all received rave reviews from art insiders He has also participated in 20 different large and small group exhibitions in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

In 2016, together with some outstanding young artists in Vietnam, he participated in the “Tự Lập” residency program in Penang, Malaysia organized by Asiarta Art Foundation.

Quach Bac’s works are developed from what he suddenly saw and stayed in his memory. It could be a memory, something familiar rediscovered in a new light, it could be a thought, a reflection or a contemplation that serves as his source of inspiration which is then, one day, translated into a visually expressed piece of art.

“Painting, it’s my way of avoiding a direct confrontation with society and this ruthless world, where we are disintegrated in a thousand ways, where dreams don’t come true and wounds won’t be healed,” Quach Bac shared his concerns over today’s reality of society.

But what’s even more important than emotions is deeper reflection and awareness about reality. In other words, it’s a mature and insightful view of the world we’re living in, of the absolute loneliness found in every person, of the dullness, tedium and emptiness we face disguised in flashy facade and of false values ​​that are ruling the world.

Quach Bac aims towards multi-semantic value in his works and utilizes themes of paradox, contradiction, and what is less habitually accepted. There’s no one single reality in his paintings but multiple, alternative ones.

He does not choose to visually please his audience by satisfying their aesthetic needs, or touch their sensibilities with visual tricks. Instead he provokes them to think, doubt, question and wonder, so that they can engage in the artwork to think and talk about it more. And as a result, they sometimes become part of the artwork. He thinks every artwork has its audience. The artist should focus on doing his best and the rest will follow afterwards.

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    Feb 10 – May 20, 2024
    Kunsthalle Zürich
    Zürich, Switzerland
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    Black Cube
    Hooper, USA
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    Publication
    Kehrer Verlag
    International
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    Muzeum Susch
    Susch, Switzerland
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  • Aria Dean: Abattoir
    Feb 8 – May 5, 2024
    ICA
    London, UK
    Aria Dean: Abattoir is the New York-based artist’s first exhibition in the UK. The exhibition of the artist’s recent work explores the foundational relationship between modernity and death on conceptual and material levels. The ICA’s main gallery features Dean’s Abattoir, U.S.A.!, a site-specific film installation with immersive 8-channel sound. The animated film traverses the interior of an empty slaughterhouse. (more…)