Dérive

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Ha Manh Thang
Hue Citadel in the Night, no. 1
2015
watercolor on paper
54 x 39 cm
Ha Manh Thang
The Lake in the Fall, no. 3
2015
acrylic, acrylic medium and oil on canvas
185 x 120 cm
Christine Nguyen
Totem Tree
2014
archival pigment print on Epson paper
90.5 x 40.7 cm
Christine Nguyen
Totem Tree II
2014
archival pigment print on Epson paper
87.5 x 40.2 cm
Trong Gia Nguyen
Bruno's
2016
acrylic enamel on HDF wood
135 x 118 x 1.8 cm
Tran Van Thao
Blue Skies & Fairy Tales #6
2006
acrylic, oil and papier-mâché on canvas
90 x 90 cm
Tran Van Thao
Blue Skies & Fairy Tales #13
2006
acrylic, oil and papier-mâché on canvas
90 x 90 cm
Tran Van Thao
Rain in sunlight IX
2008
oil and acrylic on canvas
90 x 90 cm

SYNOPSIS

Dérive – French for ‘drift’ – refers to the psychogeographic practice of traveling through various urban environments without any pre-determined itineraries. Developed by Guy Debord and other French Situationists in the 1950s, the aim of a dérive is to uncover the effects of embodied spaces on mental states (and vice versa), in doing so building up the awareness of the everyday city in all its possibilities and phenomena. This summer showcase, featuring works by Ha Manh Thang, Christine Nguyen, Trong Gia Nguyen and Tran Van Thao, can thus be said to resemble a dérive. The juxtaposition of artworks depicting the real and imagined can be likened to chance encounters in the city. Whether futuristic, historic, muted, feverish, lifelike, or stemming from the mind, the contrasting urban landscapes encourage an aimless wandering to discover what is often overlooked, neglected or lost.