Vin Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City
Sto Len is a printmaker, sculptor, painter, musician and curator with interests in improvisation and experimentation within a variety of media. His practice focuses on local waterways and their communities, giving voice to the global struggle to maintain clean water. Using unconventional printmaking techniques, Sto creates marbled monoprints using pollution found floating in rivers, canals, lakes and streams around the world.
Working en plein air from a rowboat, he uses a process like paper marbling to print directly off of the water. Capturing both natural substances and a wide array of man-made pollutants, these prints contain the results of industrial pollution. Dumped oil, discarded toxins, litter and sewage mix with algae, sticks, plants, dust, and dirt to create intricate patterns and painterly splashes. At times serene and at other times violent, the end results are powerful documents of these poisoned ecosystems. His most recent body of work, Nước Là Sự Sống (Water is Life) examined the local waterways of Ho Chi Minh City through prints, video, installation and performance informed by Vietnamese funeral traditions.
Sto Len has exhibited his artwork internationally, including exhibitions in NY, Vietnam, Japan, London, Australia, Denmark, Canada and Mexico City. Currently based in Brooklyn, Sto has familial roots in Vietnam and his work incorporates these bonds connecting issues of both their history, environment, and politics.