“In many of our projects, we try to create disorder, hoping that disorder in such particular instances can become another ‘sense of order’ to an audience that may be all too afraid of change or unable to accept other possible ways of engaging with their current social structures. We like to play. We align ourselves with different cultural producers. We like to let ourselves get ingested into the bellies of big social beasts such as television, advertising, or the various manifestations of pop culture. We feel that true criticality comes from the change that can happen from within a system and not from analytical discourse posited from external positions.”
Established in 2006, The Propeller Group are manipulators of media language. Whether re-branding Communism for the 21st century, creating a rogue anti-nation campaign or collaborating with Vietnamese pop and subcultures, the artists often create ambitious multimedia projects that engage audiences across all disciplines.
The Propeller Group are Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Ha Thuc Phunam and Matt Lucero, all of whom have independent practices alongside their collaborative work. Recent exhibitions include: The Propeller Group, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, traveling to Phoenix Art Museum and Blaffer Museum of Art, Houston, TX (2016); Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg, Sweden (2016); The Living Need Light, the Dead Need Music, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (2015); A Universe of Collisions, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO (2015); All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2015); Prospect New Orleans, Prospect.3: Notes for Now, New Orleans, LA, USA (2014); Residual: Disrupted Choreographies, Carre d’Art, Nimes, France (2014); No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2013); Yebisu Festival for Alternative Visions, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan (2013); The Unseen, 4th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou City, China (2012); The Ungovernables, New Museum Triennial, New York (2012); Made in LA, Hammer Biennial, Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, 2012; Six Lines of Flight, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (2012); and Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art 7, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, Australia (2012).
TPG’s work has been collected by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY (USA); Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (Australia); The Burger Collection (Hong Kong); Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA (USA); Singapore Art Museum (Singapore); Carnegie Museum of Art, PA (USA); New Orleans Museum of Art; LA (USA) and the Speed Museum, KY (USA).
The Propeller Group are based between Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles, CA.