Caution! Development in Progress

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Tiffany Chung
migration of the ladybugs (Harmonia Axyridis)
2009
oil and alcohol-based marker on paper
79 x 109 cm
Tiffany Chung
Blue Lightning and NhucNhich
2008
digital c-print (edition of 5 + 2 AP)
100 x 150 cm
Tiffany Chung
in the waiting blob
2008
digital c-print (edition of 5 + 2 AP)
100 x 150 cm
Tiffany Chung
Purple Puddle and Bubble Shooter
2008
digital c-print (edition of 5 + 2 AP)
100 x 150 cm
Thien Do
Don't eat bad things
2007
acrylic and collage on canvas
145 x 120 cm
Thien Do
Don't give bad advices
2007
acrylic and collage on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Thien Do
Don't write bad things II
2007
acrylic and collage on canvas
145 x 120 cm
Do Hoang Tuong
Untitled from [sub]urban landscapes
2000
papier-mâché, acrylic and oil on canvas
120 x 80 cm
Lien Truong
Rice is More Nutritious than Gold
2007
graphite and acrylic on mylar
90.2 x 157.5 cm
Lien Truong
The Demographics of Fairy Tales
2007
graphite, colored pencil and acrylic on mylar
102.5 x 69 cm
Lien Truong
Real Oranges Grow on Trees
2007
graphite and acrylic on mylar
98.5 x 60 cm
Nguyen Thanh Truc
Vestiges
2002
papier-mâché, acrylic and glue on canvas
60 x 60 cm x 3 panels
Nguyen Thanh Truc
Vertical I
2008
acrylic and collage on canvas
200 x 100 cm
Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Hip Hop History Sampling Hip Hop History: The Red Remix (performance photographs)
2008
C-print, edition of 5 + 2 AP
35 x 45 cm x 8 prints
Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Hip Hop History Sampling Hip Hop History: The Red Remix (performance photographs)
2008
C-print, edition of 5 + 2 AP
35 x 45 cm x 8 prints
Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Hip Hop History Sampling Hip Hop History: The Red Remix (performance photographs)
2008
C-print, edition of 5 + 2 AP
35 x 45 cm x 8 prints
Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Hip Hop History Sampling Hip Hop History: The Red Remix (performance photographs)
2008
C-print, edition of 5 + 2 AP
35 x 45 cm x 8 prints
Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Hip Hop History Sampling Hip Hop History: The Red Remix (performance photographs)
2008
C-print, edition of 5 + 2 AP
35 x 45 cm x 8 prints
Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Hip Hop History Sampling Hip Hop History: The Red Remix (performance photographs)
2008
C-print, edition of 5 + 2 AP
35 x 45 cm x 8 prints
Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Hip Hop History Sampling Hip Hop History: The Red Remix (performance photographs)
2008
C-print, edition of 5 + 2 AP
35 x 45 cm x 8 prints
Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Hip Hop History Sampling Hip Hop History: The Red Remix (performance photographs)
2008
C-print, edition of 5 + 2 AP
35 x 45 cm x 8 prints

SYNOPSIS

The heavily textured, abstract paintings of Do Hoang Tuong and Nguyen Thanh Truc and the collaged work of Thien Do highlight the co-existence of crumbling facades and newer building structures that is evident in developing cities; the hushed palimpsests could be a metaphor for faded history and memory.  Thien Do’s paintings resemble walls in urban Vietnam with the ubiquitous stenciled ‘Cam..Bay’ (forbidden/not permitted) signs.  The paintings, while deceptively quiet and ordered, seem to deride and challenge the regulations proposed in civilized societies.

With their caustic titles – ‘Rice is more nutritious than gold’ and ‘Real oranges grow on trees’ – Lien Truong’s work is a meditation on the power and control that humans tend to wield with progress.  The biotechnology firm Monsanto is the antagonist in these two works which reference the genetically engineered Golden Rice and the first spraying of Agent Orange in Vietnam on August 10, 1961.

The digital c-prints in ‘Hip Hop History Sampling Hip History: The Red Remix’, a collaboration between Tuan Andrew Nguyen and Vietnamese rapper/graffiti artist Wowy, depict Wowy decked out in hip-hop gear wandering the streets of Ho Chi Minh City with his boom-box.  Like much of Vietnam’s youth, Wowy is striving to voice his own individuality amidst the trends being imported from abroad.

Tiffany Chung’s ‘Enokiberry tree in wonderland’ science-fiction fantasy photos also touch on issues of Vietnamese youth negotiating an identity in opposition to uniformity.  Chung’s actors seem to revel in escapism and assume fantastic characters.  The potential hazards of urban development can be seen in Chung’s newest ‘map’ entitled ‘migration of the ladybugs (Harmonia Axyridis)’ where ladybugs seem to infest the deliciously seductive urban landscape.

Caution! Development in Progress posits questions surrounding ideas of control, power, order and individual identity.  It questions not only our vision of a new society and the foundations on which we are constructing our buildings, but also the rules and information we are bombarded with in daily life.