Grey White Black

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RR
2009
acrylic on canvas
180 x 240 cm
aaa
2010
acrylic, house paint, pencil, oil stick on canvas
180 x 180 cm
Ao
2010
acrylic, house paint, pencil and oil stick on canvas
180 x 180 cm
7
2010
acrylic, house paint and oil stick on canvas
150 x 200 cm
F
2010
acrylic, house paint and oil stick on canvas
200 x 240 cm
4
2010
acrylic, house paint, pencil and oil stick on canvas
200 x 240 cm
143
2010
acrylic, house paint, oil stick on canvas
120x 160 cm
BM
2010
acrylic, house paint, pencil and oil stick on canvas
150 x 150 cm
g
2010
acrylic, house paint on canvas
100 x 100 cm
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2010
acrylic, house paint on canvas
100 x 100 cm
A
2010
acrylic, house paint and oil stick on canvas
120 x 180 cm
AaA
2010
acrylic, house paint, pencil on canvas
200 x 285 cm

SYNOPSIS

Since the monochromatic Blackboard paintings (2004), Nguyen has been experimenting with canvases of minimal color. Grey White Black is a body of work that shows the artist’s sophisticated use of the eponymous colors to create dynamic compositions that are full of introspection but are also playfully mischievous.

The city is very much present in these paintings. Nguyen was inspired by the pavements, the walls, the scratches and marks present in the urban fabric of Ho Chi Minh City. Unlike in his earlier, textured abstract works that were more somber where histories behind crumbling facades were highlighted, these new paintings seem to take viewers on a walk through a familiar city where tiny new discoveries are revealed.