Yohei Yama, Cosmic Ray #36, 2019, Acrylic and Ink on Canvas, 65 x 190 cm
Courtesy of Vin Gallery and the Artist
Based in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, Vin Gallery has established an active presence in art fairs across Asia by promoting cross-cultural hybridization. We aim to bring artists with critical practices to HCMC to share their work with the local art scene while simultaneously striving to discover and promote promising South East Asia artists to the international art scene. Our artists come from diverse cultural backgrounds and art educations, work with various mediums and have a spectrum of life experiences. They have strong conceptual and challenging visions, materialized in continually evolving forms which we try to foster by creating networks and collaborations with other art spaces in Asia and beyond.
Quý Tông Lê
Châu Giang Thi Nguyen
Phi Phi Oanh
Chi Leung Yiu
Yohei Yama describes his instinct to actuate the energies of nature, his intentions are to create these ripples that affect the viewer as you stand tracing the patterns of his work. As a viewer, you are integral; humanity and nature are the major proponents of this world. Hence the existence of the viewer plays the role in actualising this intent of appreciation of nature’s forces.
I am the way; I am the rhythm.
Inspiration and heartbeat draws the line that marks the present.
Yama’s paintings are abstract more so than op-art. What you see is not what you see, it is the transcendence of nature, of things that we cannot see but instinctively know. There is existence within the spaces of our presence, it turns the wheel of life. To be engulfed in Yama’s rhythmic lines is to follow the river of his philosophies and his appreciation of nature.
At the time of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster it too was a tumultuous time for the artist. Far from his native Japan and powerless to help yet he found a way to requite nature. The artist recalls impressing trees motifs on the canvas, ‘I realised this is healing for me, for people, and for the nature humans destroy.’
Thus sprang the motifs that characterize his work — little trees, rays of light and swirling winds bridge and rebuild the bond between the artist and the cosmos. Yama’s practice has always been kinetic in movement and intrinsic in motif, taking inspiration from the ever-revolving cycle of nature and life. The painted lines of Yama’s works flow and interconnect, diffracted hues ripple across the canvas, tree motifs grow and multiply in appreciation of the natural world. It is intrinsically the kinesis of nature, it’s dance and rhythm, it’s symbiotic essence; as you look at the work, begin to absorb it through Yama’s meditation on life.
Born in Saitama, Japan in 1977 and currently based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Yama’s works have been exhibited widely across the international platform as well as featuring in Sotheby’s and Christie’s Hong Kong’s Asian Contemporary art sector.