An event poster I designed for Us Versus Them sponsored party “Bottoms Up” at the RBC in Riverside, CA.
I was asked to perform at BSM #16 for the critically acclaimed producer invititational – the performance called upon the use of all analog gear, no laptops, to pay tribute to the roots of this musical movement – vinyl, bboyism, turntablism, emceeing and art.
I was also asked to design this year’s staff pass / poster, for which “hand drawn” was a requirement.
With hundreds of people in attendance, it was another legendary installment of the well known Los Angeles festival. With performances by Ras G, Dibiase, Fatlip of The Pharcyde, Percee P and many more.
I am honored to return for the third time to play on one of Los Angeles’ most beloved and well known radio stations, the legendary KPFK 90.7 FM. I am going to give an in depth interview about my recent year long tour in Asia and will play tracks off my new album “FEARS&LOVERS”. The station itself has been on the airwaves for over 50 years, the KKK tried to blow up the radio station a long time ago – but failed! Haha the KKK loses again…
I was blessed to be able to paint a permanent mural inside Hanoi’s well known concert venue, HRC. The mural was painted in a day. I am returning to HRC 11/11/11 to perform and have my album release party, in which I will continue to work on the piece for another day before returning to America.
This piece illustrates the combination of old / new ideals of the Hanoian people. The traditional hat worn by the women symbolizes the past and traditional views of the city and it’s inhabitants. The bold colors and direct gaze of the female signifies an anticipated, eager welcoming of the future.
The headphones on one ear represents the metaphor “one ear to the streets, one ear to the sky”. Shapes and geometric spirits hover in and around her head and third eye, centers of intelligence and metaphysical ideas.
She views the future and past through red and yellow glasses, hinting towards the colors of the Vietnam flag. Swag.
Photos by Lizo Glennard
AS ONE – A permanent mural installation on the streets of Saigon, celebrating the unity and diversity of the Vietnamese people.
Dan Nguyen was born in Southern California during 1982 and has been drawing and painting since he was a little child. Currently living and working in Saigon as an art director, professional artist, designer, musician and DJ, he is consistently absorbing the culture and energy of his mother country.
Mr. Nguyen has been invited to hold exhibitions and installations all over the world, including:
“Cult Rev” – Treescape Gallery, Beijing, China 2011
“Everything is a Circle” – Da Da, Shanghai, China 2011
“Rebound” – Chip Projects / Ricochet, London, United Kingdom 2009
“Our Views” – Centre de Cultura, Ensenada, Mexico 2009
“Telemagica” – Institute of Perception, Jacumba, California 2008
“Tragic Forest” – Avendina de Publico, Panama City, Panama, Central America 2005
“Fob II” – Vietnamese Arts and Letters Association Center, Anahiem, California 2009
“Art Incursion” – Charles Bibbs 626 Gallery, Los Angeles, California 2009
“Pool” – Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada 2008
“Mile High Festival” – Installation, Denver, Colorado 2010
“Watermelon Man” – Installation, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 2008
“Dark beach” – Rockin J’s, Costa Rica, Central America 2005
“Time & Space” – Riverside Museum of Art, Riverside, California 2006
“Give Love” – University of California Sweeney Art Gallery, California 2007
The aim of the AS ONE mural is to present the unity and diversity of the Vietnamese people as it has evolved throughout the nation’s history. The portraits will be of five women representing the North, South, Midland and minority groups of Vietnam. Each subject will be wearing traditional clothing and colors of the respective area to symbolize the past
and present conditions.
The style of expression will be bold and contemporary, to illustrate the merging of past and modern ideals of Vietnam, specifically the busy city of Saigon. The boldness of the piece will give the youth, our future, a reminder to not forget where they came from.
The portraits are all women to symbolize the “mother country” – which gave birth to the past, present and future cultures of Vietnam.
The mural installation will be in a prime location in the bustling city center of Saigon,
District 1. The piece will be painted on the promising intersection of Nguyen Du and Nguyen Trung Truc, on the exterior walls of a well-frequented establishment, “Xua Va Nay”. The wall sees hundreds of visitors a day, since it is located right next to major tourist attractions such as Ben Thanh Market, the Opera House, Reunification Palace, Norte Dame Church, Diamond Plaza, Vincom Center, the HCM Post Office and Ho Chi Minh Museum.
These points attract visitors from all over the world; businessmen, tourists, foreigner students and also locals; elders, workers, government officials, artists, etc. The restaurant / café that is “Xua Va Nay” is open 24 hours a day, meaning the mural will be well lighted and visited constantly.
After the installation is finished, it will remain there for many years to come, as it is a permanent piece. It will become a tourist attraction on its own, visitors and locals will take pictures by it, segments and commercials will be filmed in front of it, eventually transforming the piece into a cultural landmark.
Vietnamese Press Release here
I was invited to design a silkscreen poster for a concert night at Subculture Shanghai. The hand printed, limited edition artwork will be sold at the show and online. Set of 100 pieces. The event features performances by Jase and VJ Pucci from the the Beats Saigon. The show will take place at the world famous Shelter in Shanghai. The venue has seen legendary performances by DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Daedelus, Tokimonsta, Goldie, the Gas Lamp Killer and many more.
I was invited to perform there, twice, as part of my Antidote China Tour in 2010-2011.
I am invited to RMIT University to take part in the Guest Speaker series. I will be doing a live performance followed by a discussion and workshop based on the concept of creatively manipulating sound and visual elements. It will take place inside the Melbourne theater on the Saigon campus of the university. Bob Dylan played there last week!
Limited edition posters, designed by me, were released in conjunction with this event.