Galerie Quynh is organizing a remarkable group exhibition featuring artists Hoang Duong Cam, Nadege David, Sandrine Llouquet, Tran Van Thao, Nguyen Trung and Lien Truong – with 25 works on show.
Truong’s graphite and acrylic drawings on mylar depict the basic structural design of buildings or establishments that are respected, revered or maintain authority.
In this work Truong places society and culture under examination and real oranges growing on trees refer to the use of the barbaric herbicide Agent Orange during the American war in Vietnam.
His work’s tower-like structure comprising of a chain of repeated numbers, the date of the first spraying of Agent Orange in Vietnam – bears an uncanny resemblance to HCMC’s grandiose Bitexco Financial Tower, which is the symbol of Vietnam’s rise as an economic power.
Meanwhile, Llouquet makes art that is disturbing and joyful, mundane and fantastical. At the core of her offerings lies contradiction. What might at first glance appear simple or even childlike, a second glance reveals details that render them disturbing and magical. Containing varied references and imagery from personal memory, literature and popular culture, the drawings appear as twisted fairy tales that are simultaneously sweet and haunting.
David’s intricate ink, water color and ink drawings initially appear delicate and playful, but on closer inspection unsetting details to her mischievous figures emerge. Trung’s Blackboard series express childhood memories of the artist with days of innocence and filled with dreams. Thao reveals his insight into the world of daily life with works made of oil on canvas or collage.
The exhibition runs until March 3 at Galerie Quynh, 65 De Tham Street in District 1. SGT