Naive-Pop-Satirical Art: Lost & Found in the Time of INfection Series

 

As an immigrant from Vietnam deeply indebted to my adopted country, I believe that, at no other time, our society is more torn between different ideologies, our democracy more on the verge of dissolution, interpersonal relationships more frayed. 

 

With no formal art training, I offer  a fresh look – through the eyes of a child - at burning sociopolitical issues of our times (climate change, pandemic, criminal justice, human rights, racism, voter disenfranchisement, etc…) and at skills we as humans have developed in order to survive  (love, hope, healing, community, creativity.) My paintings express horror, shock, revulsion, at what we, as a community, have lost, or in the danger of losing, but also joy, hope, wonder at what we have interpersonally found.

Nonetheless no tragedies may not be seen from the distance as a comedy of errors, thus the satirical commentaries by alien visitors I have inserted in the paintings.

Viewers will meet childlike stick figures, floating urban landscapes, imaginary space, and characters from history, pop culture and contemporary politics telling today’s narratives. To bring about a rich, dreamlike background, I lay down several layers of acrylic paint on each canvas, and texture its flat surface with mesh-shaped acrylic paste, or glue on foreign objects to create a rough, 3D illusion of gritty realities. Childlike I disregard the rules of perspectives and proportions, and freely engage in geometric abstraction of forms. I then unleash the power of brushstrokes, colors, line drawing and mark making to tell the story. 

 

 

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Uncivil War
Uncivil War

60W x 48H x 1.5T in, acrylic Horror at the specter of another civil war. "Uncivil" as it would be a slap to the face of history, as if we have not learned anything from her.

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Climate Apocalypse
Climate Apocalypse

60W x 48H x 1.5T in, acrylic Vision of man-made climate apocalypse, toxic end of the world, extinction of the human species

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Primitive Excursion
Primitive Excursion

36W x 48H x 1.5T in, acrylic Henri Rousseau, the Gypsy, the Dream, and the naive mind

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Uncivil War
Uncivil War

60W x 48H x 1.5T in, acrylic Horror at the specter of another civil war. "Uncivil" as it would be a slap to the face of history, as if we have not learned anything from her.

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