Do Thanh Lang

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Untitled
2020
oil, acrylic, and epoxy resin on canvas
80 x 90 cm
Untitled
2020
oil, acrylic, and epoxy resin on canvas
80 x 90 cm
Untitled
2020
oil, acrylic, and double component resin on canvas
60 x 80 cm
Untitled
2019
epoxy on canvas
60 x 80 cm
Landscape from the inside
2018
acrylic, oil, spray paint, epoxy on canvas
110 x 100 cm
Untitled
2017
acrylic, oil and epoxy on canvas
70 x 95 cm
Untitled
2016
oil and acrylic on canvas and transparent plastic sheet
110 x 110 cm
Untitled
2016
oil and acrylic on canvas and transparent plastic sheet
110 x 110 cm
Untitled
2015
acrylic on polypropylene paper
28 x 47 cm
Untitled
2015
acrylic on polypropylene paper
30 x 45 cm
Untitled
2015
oil and acrylic on canvas and transparent plastic sheet
95 x 150 cm
Untitled
2017
oil and acrylic on canvas and transparent plastic sheet
110 x 100 cm
Untitled
2018
acrylic, oil, marker pen, spray paint, epoxy on canvas
110 x 100 cm
A storm is coming!
2018
acrylic on transparent plastic sheet
44.5 x 61 cm
Untitled
2015
oil and acrylic on canvas and transparent plastic sheet
144 x 145 cm

BIOGRAPHY

In Do Thanh Lang’s paintings there is a hidden force within their bright swathes of colours that intrigues and confuses. The performativity of his characters and heightened drama of the scenes act as a visual confidence trick, masking the dangers lying in wait beneath the superficial resin. The spectator takes the role of the dreamer, for like in dreams one is unsure how one arrived at this, or any particular instance. Navigating through the artist’s perplexing, surrealist tableaux, the spectator–dreamer is but a character equipped with scripts and storylines, though acting as witness rather than participant. As his frantic brushmarks flit between the crude layers of plastic and resin, Do Thanh Lang seems to mimic that hypnagogic state of mind where darkness turns to dreams.

Approaching art practice with a rare instinct – visible through the craggy edges of his canvas, or the occasional insect fossilised by his resin pour –  Do Thanh Lang is aptly positioned to extract humour from a dire situation. In all their hazy strangeness, his artworks are akin to pieces of a memory – a visual journal of altered consciousness.

Born in 1986 in Ho Chi Minh City, Do Thanh Lang studied painting at the Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts University. His work has been shown in a number of group exhibitions in Vietnam regionally, such as Lunar Breccia, Galerie Quynh; Alluvium, Galerie Quynh; song of the cicada among summer poppies, Galerie Quynh; Hopscotch, Galerie Quynh; Salt of the Jungle, Vietnamese–Korean group exhibition, Seoul, Korea; NGUCHONOBAY, curated by Sao La, Galerie Quynh; Out of Museum, Sao La; Chung, PongDang Gallery; Out of Nowhere, Sao La; and My Eldest Sister, San Art.

Do has also participated in Spot Art Singapore 2014 at ARTrium@MCI, Singapore, and undertaken the Brown Movement residency programme at Heritage Space in Hanoi.

Do lives and works between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

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