Projecting into the night what is gone with the dawn

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Elephant - Bis, bis!
2007
2 channel digital animated projection
6 minutes looped
Elephant - Bis, bis!
2007
2 channel digital animated projection
6 minutes looped
Fly aimlessly for a while then land
2007
acrylic on canvas
115 x 115 cm
Strange, it's not the voice
2007
acrylic on canvas
115 x 115 cm
He doesn't feel angry or sad
2007
acrylic on canvas
115 x 115 cm
The tension is non-stop increasing until becoming too thin and sagging down
2007
acrylic on canvas
115 x 115 cm
They are famous but they don't know why
2007
acrylic on canvas
115 x 115 cm
Two hours before sunrise
2007
acrylic on canvas
115 x 115 cm
The laziness of the keeper of the keys to the secret garden
2007
acrylic on canvas
145.5 x 120 cm
The emperor's new clothes
2007
acrylic on canvas
145.5 x 120 cm
Jump in the river
2007
acrylic on canvas
145.5 x 120 cm
Anatomy of a man who is pointing his hand
2007
acrylic on canvas
145 x 120 cm
An alien falls off a cliff
2007
acrylic on canvas
145 x 120 cm
Night shift of a guardian
2007
acrylic on canvas
145 x 120 cm
Clap in the middle of the field
2007
acrylic on canvas
145 x 120 cm
The faith seeker and the map on the bust of a sister of mercy
2007
acrylic on canvas
190 x 150 cm
By doing nothing
2007
acrylic on canvas
190 x 150 cm
Holding on tight to the firing pin and the unexploded shame
2007
acrylic on canvas
190 x 150 cm
Karaoke song of the girl who pedicured the elephant
2007
acrylic on canvas
190 x 150 cm
97 or 98, snake wine at the whirl bar
2007
acrylic on canvas
190 x 150 cm
Interview in an aquarium
2007
acrylic on canvas
195 x 240 cm
Angel and three higher ranks in the department of angels
acrylic on canvas
195.5 x 239.5 cm
Chewing gum, cloud gone - mountain appears
acrylic on canvas
215 x 305.5 cm

SYNOPSIS

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.