East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet, goes an old saying that's become outmoded in our ever-shrinking world. In fact, East does meet West with elegance and style in the work of Binh Pho, a Vietnamese-born woodcarver and multimedia artist whose tumultuous life story is inextricably wound into his multifaceted creations. --By Walsh, Daniella for the Orange County, CA OCRegister.com, December 24, 2006
Binh Pho has lived a fascination life: A miraculous escape from a communist prison, a tumultuous love story and a table saw. These elements and several others would make exciting and dramatic chapters in a book; however, the Vietnamese artist tells his story in wood. --By Zonkel, Phillip staff writer for the Presstelegram.com, December 13, 2006
If River of Destiny: The Life and Work of Binh Pho, guest-curated by Kevin Wallace for the Long Beach Museum of Art, doesn't instill the same sense of awe as pieces pinched from a Vatican, a Kremlin, or a Met, then nothing will. --By Scarborough, James in What the Butler Saw, perhapsperhapsperhaps.typepad.com, December 18, 2006
About the Author
Kevin Wallace is an independent curator and writer, focusing on contemporary art in craft media. He has guest-curated exhibitions for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, the Cultural Affairs Department of Los Angeles, Los Angeles International Airport, the San Luis Obispo Art Center and the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts. He has previously curated two exhibitions for the Long Beach Museum of Art: Into The Woods and Transforming Vision: The Wood Sculpture of William Hunter, 1970-2005. Wallace is on the Board of Directors of Collectors of Wood Art (CWA) and on the Advisory Board of the Handweavers Guild of America. He is a contributing editor for American Woodturner and Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot and a regular contributor to Craft Arts International, Woodturning, Woodwork, Turning Points and American Style. "I feel that contemporary craft artists, working in ancient media through the lens of modern art, are creating the most important art today," Wallace says of his work. "I enjoy working with the Long Beach Museum of Art because of their commitment to exhibiting this work, while placing it in the larger context of art history."