Hoang Duong Cam

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Monument of the leftover paints and leftovers from the war
2018
oil, acrylic, collage, papier-mâché, aluminum armature
40 x 30 x 38 cm
Divided island
2018
oil, acrylic, collage, papier-mâché, aluminum armature
38 x 35 x 43 cm
Hai Ba
2017-2018
oil, acrylic on canvas
190 x 200 cm (overall)
Sunset counting sunsets
2018
oil, acrylic on linen
183 x 150 cm
Fantasy from Hokusai’s Courtiers Crossing a Bridge
2018
oil, acrylic on linen
240 x 195 cm
The sound of the deer - Fantasy from Hokusai's Women returning home at sunset
2018
oil, acrylic on linen
175 x 145 cm
Fantasy from Duchamp's Étant donnés
2018
oil, acrylic on linen
128 x 94 cm
Bolero, Polonaise years #4
2018
oil, acrylic on linen
184 x 150 cm
Bolero, Polonaise years #3
2018
oil, acrylic on linen
146 x 115 cm
Bolero, Polonaise years #1
2018
oil, acrylic on linen
151 x 183 cm
The long and the mountainous way back to the North #6
2018
oil and collage on linen
41.5 x 31 cm
The long and the mountainous way back to the North #5
2018
oil and collage on linen
40 x 30 cm
Carry the literature over the mountain #3
2018
oil, acrylic on linen
81 x 127 cm
Carry the literature over the mountain #2
2018
oil, acrylic on linen
127 x 93 cm
Carry the literature over the mountain #1
2018
oil, acrylic on linen
174 x 128 cm
Come with the flood
2018
oil, acrylic on linen
80 x 127 cm
Weekend and a new single
2018
oil on linen
60 x 40 cm
Lab in the Jungle
2015
acrylic and oil on canvas
70 x 100 cm
Girls
2015
oil on canvas
80 x 80 cm
Walking in moonlight
2015
oil on canvas
70 x 100 cm
Ceremony in the dawn
2015
oil on canvas
145 x 115 cm
Evacuees on Summer Holiday
2012
oil and acrylic on canvas
120 x 120 cm
Tum tum! Tum tum!
2012
oil and acrylic on canvas
150 x 180 cm
Prelude in D minor Op 28 No 24
2012
digital c-print (ed. of 3 +1 AP)
95 x 135.5 cm
Volodya 1886 - 2011
2012
digital c-print (ed. of 3 +1 AP)
120 x 103 cm
The Weirdness of an Ideal Mind (Pray)
2009-2011
acrylic on canvas, wire, glue, cement, acrylic and torn, protective clothing
dimensions variable
The Weirdness of an Ideal Mind (Pray)
(detail view)
The Weirdness of an Ideal Mind (V Ladder)
2009-2011
acrylic on canvas, wire, glue, cement, wall paint, acrylic, MDF
dimensions variable
The Weirdness of an Ideal Mind (V Ladder)
(detail view)
Elephant - Bis, bis!
2007
2 channel digital animated projection; ed. of 7 + 1 AP
6 minutes - looped
Falling Cloud
2008
single-channel projection, ed. 5 + 1 AP
2 minutes, 22 seconds
Lightning in U Minh Forest #2
2011
acrylic on canvas
150 x 120 cm
Lightning in U Minh Forest
2011
acrylic on canvas
189.5 x 240 cm
Lightning in U Minh Forest #5
2011
acrylic on canvas
150 x 120 cm
Lightning in U Minh Forest #3
2011
acrylic on canvas
150 x 120 cm
The Bathers #7
2009
watercolor and watercolor pencil on 'do' paper laid over acrylic on paper
82 x 120 cm
The Bathers #8
2009
watercolor and watercolor pencil on 'do' paper laid over acrylic on paper
82 x 120 cm
Representation in the Meaning of a Metaphor for a Forest as Endoscopy / Links Between Locations #2
2007-2008
digital c-print, ed. 7 + 1 AP
206.4 x 120 cm
Representation in the Meaning of a Metaphor for a Forest as Endoscopy / Links Between Locations #7
2008
digital c-print, ed. 7 + 1 AP
120 x 205 cm
Representation in the Meaning of a Metaphor for a Forest as Endoscopy / Links Between Locations #2
(detail view)
Representation in the Meaning of a Metaphor for a Forest as Endoscopy / Links Between Locations #3
2007-2008
digital c-print, ed. 7 + 1 AP
120 x 187 cm
Representation in the Meaning of a Metaphor for a Forest as Endoscopy / Links Between Locations #3
(detail view)
Untitled, Attack - Sculpture - Protect
2006
digital c-print, edition of 5 + 1 AP
70 x 93 cm
He Doesn't Feel Angry or Sad
2007
acrylic on canvas
115 x 115 cm
By Doing Nothing
2007
acrylic on canvas
190 x 150 cm
Karaoke song of the girl who pedicured the elephant
2007
acrylic on canvas
190 x 150 cm
Untitled, Flower By…
2006
digital c-print, edition of 5 + 1 AP
70 x 93 cm
Untitled, Victory - Femininity
2006
digital c-print, edition of 5 + 1 AP
70 x 93 cm
Filename.disan I
2004
acrylic and oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Filename.disan V
2004
acrylic and oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm

BIOGRAPHY

In a career spanning over two decades, Hoang Duong Cam (b. 1974, Hanoi) dexterously alternates between painting, photography, video, installation, performance, and collaborative projects. Central to his artworks are the often humorous, sometimes absurdist explorations of the complex mechanisms that connect the self and its surroundings. The density of detail seen in much of Hoang’s oeuvre stems from his extensive pool of disparate references: from the Socratic dialogues to Edo-era prints to quantum physics. Collated from history and contemporary reality, the artist’s fragmented narratives revel in confusion and uncertainty, laying bare the contradictions inherent in human thought and behaviour.

Hoang’s canvases, as layered with paint as they are with metaphors, are visual (re)constructions of liminal spaces, of distances irreconcilable. Though fascinated with historical and psychological boundaries, through his works the artist contends that boundaries are not a given but fluid and impermanent. When using media other than painting, Hoang often presents subtle, amusing projects that catch the viewer off-guard in their seeming straightforwardness. In juxtaposing and filtering through his eclectic interests, Hoang makes way for an unpremeditated sense of whimsy, or unease, or haunting melancholy to arise in his works.

A prolific artist since his graduation from the Hanoi Fine Arts University in 1996, Hoang has exhibited in various institutions and biennales across Asia, North America and Europe. Notable exhibitions include The Atlas of Clouds, Francois Schneider Foundation, Wattwiller, France; Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, Mori Art Museum and The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan; Eagles Fly, Sheep Flock: Biographical Imprints – Artistic Practices in Southeast Asia, curated by Khim Ong for Art Stage Singapore 2015: Southeast Asia Platform; Electronic Pacific, SOMArts, San Francisco; 36 Reasons Why We Still Need Superman, video festival curated by Tim Crowley, Centro de Investigaciones Artisticas, Buenos Aires, Argentina; traveled to Casa Tres Patios, Medellín, Colombia and Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, Cuba; VideoZone 5, the 5th International Video Art Biennial, Tel Aviv, Israel; Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, South Korea; Arts and Cities, Aichi Triennale, Nagoya, Japan; Connect: Art Scene Vietnam, ifa Galerie Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany; Fluid Zone, Jakarta Biennale, Indonesia; Post-Doi Moi: Vietnamese Art After 1990, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou, China; Migration Addicts (Mogas Station), a collateral event of the 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Thermocline of Art. New Asian Waves, ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany; and Belief (Mogas Station), Singapore Biennale 2006. In 2009 he was an artist-in-residence at the acclaimed Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan.

In 2012, along with artists Quang Lam, Phan Quang, Nguyen Thanh Truc and UuDam Tran Nguyen, Hoang co-founded XEM, a publication showcasing photography-based works by its founding members and invited artists. Since 2001, Hoang has been living and working in Ho Chi Minh City.

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