Alluvium

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Trong Gia Nguyen
Touchdown Jesus
2018
steel frame, hand-twisted barbed wire
223.5 x 208 x 13 cm
Trong Gia Nguyen
Kaepernicking > Tebowing
2018
steel frame, hand-twisted barbed wire
267 x 165 x 13 cm
Nguyen Manh Hung
The Monument of Glory
2017
oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Nguyen Manh Hung
Midnight Business
2017
oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Nguyen Manh Hung
Hero at the Station
2016
digital c-print, edition of 5 + 1AP
35 x 55 cm
Nguyen Huy An
Thien Thu Thien Nhan
2017 - present
posted letter, ink on tracing paper, plastic eye
10.5 x 17 cm
Le Hoang Bich Phuong
Self-portrait
2017
watercolor on silk
84 x 84 cm
Le Hoang Bich Phuong
Portrait of a friend
2017
watercolor on silk
42 x 42 cm
Do Thanh Lang
Untitled
2017
oil and acrylic on canvas and transparent plastic sheet
110 x 100 cm
Do Thanh Lang
Untitled
2018
acrylic, oil, marker pen, spray paint, epoxy on canvas
110 x 100 cm
Sandrine Llouquet
At this very moment melancholy coagulated in his blood
2018
pencil on calligraphy paper
diameter 35 cm (50 x 50 cm framed)
Sandrine Llouquet
Mandragora officinarum
2018
Chinese ink on calligraphy paper
diameter 12.6 cm (50 x 50 cm framed)
Sandrine Llouquet
John 5:21
2018
pencil on calligraphy paper
diameter 35 cm (50 x 50 cm framed)
Hoang Nam Viet
Hoang Ha 1
2018
oil on canvas
31 x 40.5 cm
Hoang Nam Viet
Hoang Ha 2
2018
oil on canvas
15 x 15 cm
Hoang Nam Viet
Hoang Ha 3
2018
oil on canvas
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Hoang Nam Viet
Hoang Ha 4
2018
oil on canvas
51 x 41 cm
Hoang Nam Viet
NX
2017
oil on canvas
45.5 x 35.5 cm
Hoang Duong Cam
The Christmas Tree
2017
oil and acrylic on canvas
150 x 120 cm
Hoang Duong Cam
Red Autumn
2017
oil and acrylic on canvas
150 x 120 cm
Hoang Duong Cam
Reflections on the poem 'Tay Tien' by Quang Dung
2018
oil and linen on canvas
80 x 60 cm
Ha Manh Thang
Inspiration in Autumn Night #2
2017
acrylic, acrylic medium, oil on canvas
175.5 x 70 cm
Ha Manh Thang
Fading Spring #1
2018
acrylic, acrylic medium, oil on canvas
68 x 116 cm
Ha Manh Thang
Winter #1
2017
acrylic, acrylic medium, oil on canvas
117 x 68.5 cm
Nadège David
L'assaut d'Eryschthon
2017
acrylic, felt, ceramic paint, Chinese ink on canvas
120 x 76 cm
Nadège David
The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon all
2017
acrylic, glass paint, ceramic paint, pastel on canvas
72 x 225 cm (triptych)
Nguyen Quang Huy
The Road
2016
oil on canvas
93.5 x 169 cm
Nguyen Quang Huy
Grey
2017
cement roofing sheets, neon
151 x 293 x 10 cm
Nguyen Quang Huy
Winding Road
2016
oil on canvas
101 x 101 cm

SYNOPSIS

The geological term ‘alluvium’ – embodying in itself a sense of movement – refers to sedimentary matter washed onshore by flowing bodies of water. Often teeming with valuable ores continually picked up and dropped as a river gallivants on its seaward course, deposits of alluvium richly fertilize the grounds in which they find themselves and, one might assume, begin to give rise to life-forms.

Parallels are to be found between this natural phenomenon and the creative process. Just as water erodes and dissolves stones, soils and all things terrestrial – carrying the ores therein to other banks dropping them as alluvial matter so that the cycle can start again – with a body of work, any number of times an artist might start, leave, revisit, build on and seemingly finish it. It is not always the case that one can tell where a story begins and ends. Things are in a constant state of fluidity and just about everything contributes towards a final something, to be sought and channelled.

Featuring 11 artists –  Nadege David, Do Thanh Lang, Ha Manh Thang, Hoang Duong Cam, Hoang Nam Viet, Le Hoang Bich Phuong, Sandrine Llouquet, Nguyen Huy An, Nguyen Manh Hung, Nguyen Quang Huy and Trong Gia Nguyen – Alluvium thus focuses on artworks that belong to projects in progress and have not yet been seen (or rarely seen). By no means remnants or mere trials, these alluvial pieces should be considered on their own merits but also important stepping stones linking where one has been with where one is heading. They give further insights into and provide new angles to look at past works as much as nurturing possible futures.

Varied as they are in expression, the exhibited works can be thematically divided into two sets. There are those that look out into the wilderness exploring elements that can be regarded as spiritual or alchemical, that go beyond the everyday. Others have more of a human presence dealing with the many events currently unfolding between us. But here again in bringing these two worlds together there arises an implication of an often-overlooked continuity between them – a suggestion of one whole ‘nature’ that encompasses all things, humane or otherwise, causes and effects alike.