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Nhat-Vu Dang: Activate!

Exhibition  /  12 Jan 2013  -  23 Feb 2013
Published: 04.01.2013
Galerie Rob Koudijs
Management:
Rob Koudijs
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Intro
The new work that Nhat-Vu Dang will present at his first-ever solo exhibition, once again shows his awareness of the interaction between the wearer of jewellery and the people he or she will meet. Likewise the surprise of things hidden plays a vital role again: elements of his necklaces fit into each other and due to the clever structure the owner has the possibility to make a choice about the final appearance of a piece.

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Nhat-Vu Dang
A platinum brooch covered in diamonds needs little explanation. The sparkle is bound to seduce, the social position of the owner is obvious; what’s left to talk about? Nhat-Vu Dang wants to make jewellery that is likely to start a conversation. He feels that it is a shame that in daily life people have become more and more introvert and self absorbed. What is wrong with smiling in the queue at the cashier or an unexpected talk on a bus ride, every now and then surprises, here and there some excitement?

One and a half year ago, at the occasion of his graduation at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Dang presented big sculptural pieces of jewellery. They were made of straightforward grey cardboard. Only when being used did the pieces reveal their secrets. In putting on the bracelets, unexpectedly colours flashed into sight. While walking, the brooches briefly exposed a brightly coloured tongue with every step you made.

The new work that Nhat-Vu Dang will present at his first-ever solo exhibition, once again shows his awareness of the interaction between the wearer of jewellery and the people he or she will meet. Likewise the surprise of things hidden plays a vital role again: elements of his necklaces fit into each other and due to the clever structure the owner has the possibility to make a choice about the final appearance of a piece. In fact, you can switch them either 'on' or 'off'. His new brooches look like simple combinations of geometric, white shapes, yet you perceive the glow of invisible colours. The overview picture unveils both the effect and the secret of these pieces, as well as their perfect construction.

Nhat-Vu Dang lives up to the high expectations he created with his exam display. While using traditional models like the brooch and the necklace he manages to come up with new solutions which combine unconventional shapes and materials with a playful freedom. As before, the surprising results will undoubtedly start many a conversation; they will be like drops of oil in the social machine.

Ward Schrijver (© Galerie Rob Koudijs)

Remarks

Opening: 12 January from 17 to 19 h
Nhat-Vu Dang. Necklace: Hidden Pink, 2012. Glass, wood, paint, high density foam, epoxy. Photo by Adrian Parvulescu. Nhat-Vu Dang
Necklace: Hidden Pink, 2012
Glass, wood, paint, high density foam, epoxy
Photo by Adrian Parvulescu
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Nhat-Vu Dang. Necklace: Hidden Red, 2012. Glass, wood, paint, high density foam, epoxy. Photo by Adrian Parvulescu. Nhat-Vu Dang
Necklace: Hidden Red, 2012
Glass, wood, paint, high density foam, epoxy
Photo by Adrian Parvulescu
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Nhat-Vu Dang. Necklace: Hidden Green, 2012. Glass, wood, paint, high density foam, epoxy. Photo by Adrian Parvulescu. Nhat-Vu Dang
Necklace: Hidden Green, 2012
Glass, wood, paint, high density foam, epoxy
Photo by Adrian Parvulescu
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Nhat-Vu Dang. Brooch: Pink Fold, 2012. High density foam, remanium steel. Photo by Adrian Parvulescu. Nhat-Vu Dang
Brooch: Pink Fold, 2012
High density foam, remanium steel
Photo by Adrian Parvulescu
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Nhat-Vu Dang. Brooch: Pink Fold, 2012. High density foam, remanium steel. Back side
. Photo by Adrian Parvulescu. Nhat-Vu Dang
Brooch: Pink Fold, 2012
High density foam, remanium steel
Back side
Photo by Adrian Parvulescu

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Nhat-Vu Dang. Brooch: Green Fold, 2012. High density foam, remanium steel. Photo by Adrian Parvulescu. Nhat-Vu Dang
Brooch: Green Fold, 2012
High density foam, remanium steel
Photo by Adrian Parvulescu
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Nhat-Vu Dang. Brooch: Green Fold, 2012. High density foam, remanium steel. Back side 
. Photo by Adrian Parvulescu. Nhat-Vu Dang
Brooch: Green Fold, 2012
High density foam, remanium steel
Back side
Photo by Adrian Parvulescu

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Nhat-Vu Dang. Brooch: Orange Fold, 2012. High density foam, remanium steel. Photo by Adrian Parvulescu. Nhat-Vu Dang
Brooch: Orange Fold, 2012
High density foam, remanium steel
Photo by Adrian Parvulescu
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Nhat-Vu Dang. Brooch: Orange Fold, 2012. High density foam, remanium steel. Back side 
. Photo by Adrian Parvulescu. Nhat-Vu Dang
Brooch: Orange Fold, 2012
High density foam, remanium steel
Back side
Photo by Adrian Parvulescu

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