"Pictures as exhortation"
"That will not happen to us" is one of the often heard phrases, that suppresses problems.
After Chau Tran experienced the war in South-Vietnam he wasn't able to put it aside like that......
The painter, who lives in Düsseldorf since 1979, expresses his consternation about the increasing damage of nature
and the threat of a possible nuclear war in his pictures.
A nuclear catastrophe - even not by war - is within reach, that was proven only some days after opening of the exhibition, which lasts until Mai 22nd.
The reactor-disaster of Chernobyl startingly intensifies the collection of pictures and sculptures which are titled "Life and Nature".
With his darkcoloured chinese ink landscape-paintings Chau Tran shows desert and ragged districts resulting from ruthless exploitation and pollution.
Baleful clouds of smoke gush from earth, no man in sight ("Landscape 2000").
Artistically Chau Tran targets a synthesis between eastern and western ways of representation, being concretely realized in "cutout" (1981).
A traditionally designed landscape is attached to a larger sheet. The theme is continued on the empty spaces with soft elapsed brushwriting.
In two ways the 37-year old artist breaks with chinese painting-attitude and chinese way of thinking. He illustrates the opulence of a flowerarrangement
with bright colours instead of describing them with pastel colour.
But his excellence can be impressively seen in pictures of plain allegories. For example the water, representing patience, that affectionately makes the
rigid dure and fissured stone round. Susanne Lambrecht