Sto Len is a printmaker, painter, installation and performance artist with interests in improvisation and experimentation within a variety of media. His current body of work transforms the traditional printmaking art of Suminagashi (floating ink) into an experimental collaboration with nature and a site of discourse on environmentalism and art activism. Recent collaborations with pollution in the waterways of New York, Colombia, and Vietnam, has enabled his studio to become as large as a river and his practice nomadic and global.
Working en plein air from a rowboat or off the shore like a fisherman, Sto uses an unusual process to print directly off of the surface of polluted waters. The end results are ghostly imprints, at once delicate, beautiful and also disturbing, offering us a glimpse of the environmental abuse that humans continually cause worldwide. In between travels to waterways, Sto continues this practice in his studio using controlled bodies of water with combinations of oil paint, dirt, spray paint,and extended periods of time, to create colorful, patterned compositions on paper, wood, and canvas.
Sto has exhibited his artwork internationally, including exhibitions in NY, Vietnam, Japan, London, Australia, Denmark, Canada and Mexico City. Sto co-founded the alternative arts space Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn,NY which has exhibited hundreds of artists since its inception in 2004 and continues to curate exhibitions as a project-based Non-Profit Arts organization.
As a performance/sound artist, Sto has performed at diverse venues such as MOMA PS1, New Museum, St. Marks Church, Ramiken Crucible, Silent Barn, and Roulette in New York, as well as Atelier Kunst Spiel Raum and the English Theater in Berlin, Theater de Chameleon in Amsterdam, La Société de Curiosités in Paris and most recently Manzi Gallery and Heritage Space in Vietnam.
Sto Len is based in Brooklyn, NY with familial roots in Vietnam and his work incorporates these bonds by connecting issues of both their history, environment, traditions and politics.
Sto Len is currently the first artist in residence at AlexRenew Wastewater Treatment facility in Alexandria, VA. He is also an artist in residence as part of the Field R/D program at Fresh Kills Park, a transformed landfill in Staten island, NY and is a member of Works on Water, a group of artists and activists working with and about water in the face of climate change and environmental justice concerns.
What’s the frequency Sto Len?, The Art Newspaper, 2018
Sto Len Has Been Making Beautiful Prints With Extremely Polluted River Gunk, Interview, Huffington Post, Against Nature, Michael Lee Nirenberg, 2017
On Creating Art With the Water From Saigon’s Polluted Canals, Interview, Michael Tatarski, Saigoneer, 2017
Bliss Saigon, Interview, 2017
Magic in the Murk, Ace Hotel, Interview, 2017
10 Best at Spring Break, The Midnight Society, 2017
Interview, Aimee Lusty, Picnic Magazine, 2016
The World is an Instrument, Interview, Fabiola Büchele, And Of Other Things Magazine, 2015
Grime of Passion, Daniel Furfaro, Brooklyn Paper, 2014
Saturn Dogs : Noise and Sushi Dinner in Berlin, Al Burian, Vice Magazine, 2013
DIY Arts Enclave in Greenpoint Throws Javastock, Rebecca Smeyne, Noisey Vice, 2012
Sto’s Words, Interview, Vessel Magazine, 2012
My Slow Called Life review, Roberta Smith, NY Times, 2011
The Lookout, Art In America, 2011
Harold’s Sketchbook, Temple of Bloom, 2010
Museum of Modern Art, In the Making, Educator Journal, 2010
Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof’s Art Blog, Spacing Out at Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA, 2008
Crooked Smiles, Steady Voices and a Trunk Full of Cash, Artslant, John Daquino, 2008
There Were Ten Tigers, Aqua Fair, 2008
Interview, Kate Strassman, White Hot Magazine, 2007
Family Values, William Pym, Art Forum, 2006
Add the Fireflies and It’s a Summer Idyll, NY Times, Holland Cotter, 2005
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