This new body of work, featuring paintings and a video installation, appears to present a cross-section of contemporary Vietnam – a complex country rife with contradiction and brimming with hope. The dreams of the average person are viewed through a simulacrum of beguiling, often opposing forces: commercial advertising and governmental instruction.
The multi-layered paintings depict different levels of reality (the artist describes them as multi-verses) representing hope, change and renewal. With titles like ‘Karaoke song of the girl who pedicured the elephant’ and ‘The tension is non-stop increasing until becoming too thin and sagging down’, the work suggests the absurd and obscure. The nude figures in the paintings appear strangely detached, free yet trapped under the bold and blocky propaganda style images rendered in outlines. A deliberate awkwardness is prevalent throughout the show as demonstrated by the confused, overlapping images, the assault of vibrant, clashing colors and in figures that are floating, contorted or in affected poses. There is a general sense of optimism throughout the series despite the suggestion of chaos in the latter works.
The ridiculous titles do not serve as guides to understanding the individual works; rather, they are suggestions to the individual of possible imagined stories. Despite being thrust into a work without knowing at which point you have entered, the experience of trying to make (non) sense of the works is rewarding.