Vong Phaonphanit and Claire Oboussier

British citizen

Born: 1961, Savannakhet, Laos

Lives and works in London, UK

Education

1980-5

Ecole des Beaux Arts, Aix en Provence, France

Commissions

(Collborative work between Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier *)

Current           

*White Neon Figure, commission for the Faculty of Islamic Studies, Doha, Qatar.

*Urban Firefly, public commission, Toronto. Winner of the ICE Public Art Project. In association with Public Art Management. Toronto, Canada.

2013

*Apart we are together, public commission for the 2013 Singapore Biennale. In association with Singapore Art Museum. Singapore.

*Red Fringe, public commission for Parkside Place Cambridge, commissioned by Grosvenor. Cambridge, UK.

2012

*Light Veils, public commission for the 2012 Olympic Games, commissioned by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council. Weymouth. UK.

*Weir, Finalist for the Pier 27 Public Art Project. In association with Public Art Management. Toronto, Canada.

2011

*Mute Meadow, public commission. Winner of the ‘Foyle Public Art Project’. Commissioned by Ilex. Derry ~ Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

*Coronium, public commission for Kilden, The New Performing Arts Centre. In association with KORO. Kristiansand, Norway.

2010

*Canopy of Light, winning artists for the new Woolwich Squares art commission. With art consultants Modus Operandi. Greenwich Borough Council. London, UK.

2009 

*Light Curtain, public commission for the new Hull Truck Theatre building, Hull, UK. In association with Andrew Knight art consultant.

*'Unreal Asia', 55th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany.

*The Tropics, the National Gallery of Cape Town. South Africa.*Light Skin, winning artists for the Olympic Energy Centre commission, London. In association with CIA art consultants.

2008

*‘All that’s solid melts into air’ (Karl Marx)’ Video installation. The Light Box, Tate Britain, London, UK

*The Tropics, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany.

*Northern Light, winning artists for the Channel 4 Big Art Project, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

*All the world is two, public commission for Broadmead development, commissioned by Bristol Alliance. In association with Insite Arts art consultants. Bristol, UK.

*Vocal Chords, winning artists for Thomas Tallis School commisson. In association with Modus Operandi Art Consultants. Greenwich, London, UK

2007

*Topography of Dreams, temporary public commission for Birmingham Festival, Birmingham, UK

2006

*The Animators, The Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, UK.

*‘All that’s solid melts into air (Karl Marx)’, video installation (Tate collection) commissioned by The Quiet in the Land. The Royal Palace Museum, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR.

2005

Ash and Silk Wall, public commission for Kirkpatrick and Lockhart, Washington DC, USA. 

*Bay Windows, temporary public commission for Canterbury City Council as part of ‘Sparks – ‘Make it Real’ cultural programme. Herne Bay, UK.

*Life Lines, public commission for Pier Hill, commissioned by Southend City Council, in association with Commissions East Art Consultants. Southend On Sea, UK.

2004

*Outhouse, public sculpture / architecture commission for Liverpool Housing Action Trust / Guinness Trust. In association with Modus Operandi Art consultants, Liverpool, UK.

2003

*Pipe Dream, public commission for City and Islington College, in association with Modus Operandi Art consultants. London, UK.

*Pools of Light, Consultant artists for the redevelopment of Poole Harbour with Idea Architects and B+B UK Landscapers, Poole Harbour, UK.

*Atopia, commissioned work for DAAD Publications, Berlin, Germany.

2001

Field of Labels, public commission for the Scottish National Park, Loch Lomond, Scotland.

Steam Field, a public commission for the Bath City Centre/Spa Redevelopment Project, in collaboration with Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners Architects.

2000

Field of Rods, public commission for McKinsey Commission for 30 Kensington Church Street, London. Currently housed at the Cass Sculpture Foundation at Goodwood, UK.

Skylines, public commission for the Forestry Commission, ‘Sculpture at Tyrebagger’, Aberdeen, Scotland.

1999

*Scan, video installation in collaboration with Vong Phaophanit and Greg Pope, commissioned by Rosemary Butcher Dance Company. First shown at Jerwood Gallery, London followed by European Tour. London Film Makers Coop, UK. 

1995

Azure Neon Body, public commission for the Cass Foundation for Sculpture at Goodwood, UK.

1994

Line Writing, public commission for The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland.

1993

Ash and Silk Wall, public commission for Greenwich Thames Barrier Park Project, commissioned by Greenwich Borough Council, in association with Public Art Development Trust, London, UK.

Solo Exhibitions           

2008 

‘All that’s solid melts into air’ (Karl Marx)’ Video installation. The Light Box, Tate Britain, London, UK.

2001

Neon Wax Words, Commission at the Asia Society, New York, USA.

Centre for Drawing, Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK.

1999

Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK.

1998

Atopia, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, London, UK.

1997

Atopia, DAAD, Berlin, Germany.

1996

Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK.

1995

Phaophanit and Piper, Touring Exhibition:

              Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, UK.

              Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK.

              Cambridge Darkroom, Cambridge, UK.

              The Minories, Colchester, UK.

1993

Neon Rice Field, (Turner Prize exhibition), Tate Gallery, London, UK.

1992

tok tem dean kep kin bo dai (what falls to the ground but can’t be eaten), Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK.

1991

tok tem dean kep kin bo dai (what falls to the ground but can’t be eaten), Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK.

1990

In the shadow of words, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK.

Owls during the day, foxes at night, TSWA, Four Cities Project, Plymouth, UK.

1988

Just A Moment, Fragments, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK.

1987

Just A Moment, Tea Ceremony, Spacex Gallery, Exeter, UK.

1986

Acqua Pittura, Espace Sextius, Aix en Provence, France.

Group Exhibitions           

(Collborative work between Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier *)

 

2012

Third Dimension Sculpture - British Council Collection. Canterbury, Sidney Cooper Gallery, UK

2011

The Third Dimension, Munsterland Festival 2011. GALERIE MUNSTERLAND, Emsdetten, Germany

2010

*Outside In, SW1 Gallery, London. UK

2009

Unreal Asia, 55th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany.

*The Tropics, the National Gallery of Cape Town. South Africa.

2008/9

tok tem dean kep kin bo dai (what falls to the ground but can’t be eaten), Tate Britain’s New Acquisition show. Tate Britain. London

2008

*The Tropics, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany.

2007/8

Neon, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK.

2007

Turner Prize A Retrospective 1984-2006, The Tate Britain, London, UK.

*Inspiration to Order touring show:

               Winchester Gallery, Winchester, UK.

               Winchester School Of Art, Winchester, UK.

               Wimbledon College of Art, London, UK. 

               California State University, Stanislaus, USA.

*Thermocline of Art, New Asian Waves. ZKM, Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany.

2006

*The Quiet in the Land, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR.

The 6th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea.

2005/6 

*The Animators, Arts Council Touring Exhibition:

                Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, UK.                     

                SPACEX Gallery, Exeter, UK.

                Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, UK.

2005

Peripheral Vision, Void Gallery, Derry, N. Ireland.

2004

Shangnghai Bienale, China.

2002

Process of Renewal, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

2001

East of Eden, Spacex Gallery, Exeter, UK.

Double Vision, Leipzig, Germany.

1999

Dimensions Variable Touring show (British Council):

                  National Theatre Galleries, Bucharest, Romania

                  Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

                  Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary

                  Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

                  Institute Mathildenhohe, Darmstadt, Germany

Third Asia-Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.

From There to Here – Art from London, Konsthallen Göteburg, Sweden.

1998

Dimensions Variable Touring show (British Council):

                   Zagreb Union Of Croatian Artists, Zagreb, Croatia

                   Prague National Gallery Of Modern Art, Prague, Czech Republic

                   Stadtische Kunstsammlungen, Chemnitz, Germany

                   Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

                   Soros Foundation, Kiev, Ukraine

                   Royal Academy Of Free Arts, Stockholm, Sweden

Crossings, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada (catalogue).

1997

Dimensions Variable Touring show (British Council):

                   Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa (catalogue).

Pictura Britannica, British Council, Sydney, Australia (catalogue).

From Light, Richard Salmon, London; Spacex Gallery, Exeter, UK.

1996

Inclusion:Exclusion, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria (catalogue).

1995

De Appel, Amsterdam (catalogue).

Weltkunst Collection, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

1994

Loss and Renewal, Honiton Festival, Devon, UK.

From beyond the pale, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Republic of Ireland (catalogue).

Cocido y Crudo, Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (catalogue).

1993

Prospect ‘93, Frankfurt, Germany.

Four Rooms, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK.

Sonsbeek 93, Arnhem, Netherlands.

Aperto, Biennale di Venezia, Italy.

Ha-Ha, Killerton Park, Devon, UK.

1992

Molteplici Culture, Rome, Italy (catalogue).

1991

Shocks to the System, Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition,

                  Royal Festival Hall, London

                  Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Sunderland

                  Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

                  Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff 

                  Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

                  City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth

                  Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr

1990

From Moment to Moment, Cambridge Darkroom, Cambridge, UK.

The British Art Show 1990,

                  McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, Scotland.

                  Leeds City Art Gallery, UK.

                  Hayward Gallery, London, UK.

Ouverture Internationale, Bergen Kunstfroening, Norway.

1989

Ouverture Internationale, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Awards and Residencies           

2004

Residency for The Quiet in the Land, Luang Prabang, PDR Lao, curated by France Morin.

2002

Award winner of the Art and Work Award 2002 for site-specific work with Gensler Architects.

2001

Lead Artist for a public commission for the Bath City Centre/Spa Redevelopment Project, in collaboration with Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners Architects.

RSC Award, collaboration between artists and architects, Museum of Slavery, Hull.

Fellowship at The Centre for Drawing. Wimbledon School of Art, London

1998

Nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Prize.

1996-1997

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Berliner Künstlerprogramm (DAAD) Scholarship Berlin.

1993

Nominated for the Turner Prize.

Catalogues / Books / Films           

(Collborative work between Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier *)

2011

breaking the mould, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Catalogue, UK.

*Visual Art In Kilden, Catalogue, published by KORO, Norway.

2009

Art in Public Spaces: the archive of the PADT, Henry Moore Institute plublication.

2008

*The Tropics, Views from the Middle of the Globe. Goethe-institut / Kerber Art. Berlin.

2007

*Thermocline of Art, Catalogue. New Asian Waves. ZKM.

*Inspiration to Order, Catalogue

2006

Vong Phaophanit, a profile – part of the EYE series by Illuminations productions. Film DVD

*Sparks, Insite Arts publication.

*The Animators, catalogue, The Angel Row Gallery Notingham.

2005

The Sculpture 100 - Englands Public Sculpture 1905-2005, film by Illuminations productions.

2003

*Atopia by Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier, DAAD Publications, Berlin.

*Vong Phaophanit, in 20th Century British Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute Publications, Leeds, UK.

2002

Contemporary Art Commissions At The Asia Society And Museum. Catalogue, New York, USA.

*Transmission: Speaking and Listening, Sheffield Hallam University, Site Gallery.

Acts of Renewel:Japanese Art Re-Interpreted, Victoria and Albert Museum.

2001

*The Centre for Drawing: the first year, Wimbledon School of Art, London.

Double Vision, Gallery für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany.

1999

From There to Here, Konsthallen Göteburg, Sweden.

*To truly see something we must forget its name, The Third Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery Publications, Australia.

1998 

Crossings, National Gallery of Canada.

*Atopia, South Bank Publications, London.

1997

Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa.

*Ash and Silk Wall, Public Art Development Trust Publications, London.

Pictura Britannica, British Council, Sydney, Australia.

1996

Inclusion:Exclusion, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria.

1995

Cocido y Crudo, The Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid.

Phaophanit and Piper, Bristol, England. *From Light, Chambers Publications, Bristol, UK.

*Synaesthesia WIF Publications.

Vong Phaophanit, De Appel, Amsterdam, Holland. *Things are the secret folds of my flesh, De Appel Publications, 

1994

Loss and Renewal, published by Honiton Festival 1994      

*Synaesthetic Writing, Nottingham French Studies, vol 33, no.2, (Autumn).

From Beyond the Pale, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

1993

Documentary Notes, PADT Ash and Silk Wall, London, UK           

Prospect ‘93, Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany.

Sonsbeek 93, Arnhem, Holland.

Four Rooms, Serpentine Gallery, London.

Venice Biennale 1993, Aperto, Venice, Italy.

Ha-Ha, Killerton Park, England.

Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London.

1992

Moltiplici Culture, Rome, Italy.

Public Art Development Trust, London, UK.

1991

tok tem dean kep kin bo dai (what falls to the ground but can’t be eaten), Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK.

Shocks to the System, Arts Council Collection, The South Bank Centre, London UK.

1990

Ouverture Internationale in Bergen, Bergen Kunstforening, Norway.

TSWA, Four Cities Project, New works for different places. Plymouth, UK.

*What falls to the ground but can’t be eaten, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK.

The British Art Show 1990, The South Bank Centre, London, UK.

Teaching / Lectures / Symposia

2012

OCAD - Ontario College of Art and Design: The Making of Sense

The Rosewell Lecture: What do artists have to give?

Sussex University Art Lectures: The Making of Sense

2011

Imperial War Museum: ‘Post-Conflict’ Culture: Derry ~ Londonderry

2009-2011

Visiting artist (MA programme), Camberwell College of Art.

2009

RSA – Royal Society of Arts: The Place of Art

Royal Academy Lectures: Sculpture and Architecture: The Contest to Control Space and Meaning

1995-2001

Visiting lecturer at Wimbledon School of Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design and University of East London.

1998-2002

Regular visiting tutor and external examiner, University of the West of England, Exeter.

1998

Lecture at Glasgow School of Art

Panels

2004-2007

Member of the board of Trustees of Spike Island, Bristol.

1992-1994

Purchaser for the Arts Council Collection.

1991-1993

Member of the Advisory Panel for the Art Projects Committee at the Arts Council of Great Britain and the Greater London Arts Association.

 


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