2731 Prospect Contemporary Art permanently closed on April 22, 2017
AnOther Expedition is Pipo Nguyen-duy’s first solo exhibition at 2731 Prospect. AnOther Expedition was created in France during a three-month artist’s residency in Monet’s garden at Giverny. During his residency, Pipo worked on-site using a historic photographic process known as Cyanotype. Originally developed in 1839, the Cyanotype process captures an image of an object placed directly on chemically treated paper that is then exposed by direct sunlight. Sometimes referred to as a “blue print,” the process became popular with 19th century scientific expeditions for its ability to easily capture images of collected specimens.
Originally from Viet Nam, Pipo engaged in cultural role reversal by casting himself as a colonial explorer carefully collecting French botanical samples from Monet’s garden. Working in the historic Cyanotype process, he captured the delicate botanical details that appear scientific yet are also incredibly beautiful images rendered in deep, rich tones of blue. The images are exquisitely printed on French water color paper. Over a three-month period, Pipo created 800 Cyanotype prints while in residency at Monet’s garden.
Pipo Nguyen-duy was born in Hue, Vietnam and grew up within thirty kilometers of the demilitarized zone of the 18th Parallel. He describes hearing gunfire every day of his early life until he immigrated to the United States as a political refugee.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at Carleton College, a Master of Arts in Photography, followed by a Master of Fine Arts in Photography, both from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.
Pipo has received many awards and grants including a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography; a National Endowment for the The Arts; an En Foco Grant; a Professional Development Grant from the College Arts Association; a National Graduate Fellowship from the American Photography Institute; a Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission; a B. Wade and Jane B. White Fellowship in the Humanities at Oberlin College; and three Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council. He has lectured widely and his work is part of many public collections in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is currently a professor teaching photography at Oberlin College.
Please join us in the gallery on Saturday, September 24 at 2:00 pm for an artist’s talk by Pipo Nguyen-duy.
Opening Reception on Friday, September 9, 6:00 – 9:00 pm