Lunar Breccia – is a rock formed from collisions between meteorites and the surface of the Moon. Somehow, the meteorite fragments fused with the lunar debris, forming thorny, diverse and non-duplicating connections. They are suspended, can continue to combine or break apart, constantly changing.
Among them, Hoang Duong Cam’s painting is a mysterious stone block that can change color if the light source is changed. Standing directly in front of the Son Tay plate 1970 #2, the color of red soil mixed with green like the marching roads crisscrossing the high mountains, the shoes were soaked in red soil, heavy and quietly moved. To the side, the solid ridges of the paint emerge as if you were in a helicopter, looking down at the dense green forest mixed with the red zigzag streaks of the dirt road. Like the perspective of a hawk hunting a mouse.
Also colorful, but Do Thanh Lang’s stone block is as dreamy as covering a romantic mist, not as angular as Hoang Duong Cam. The colors are clear, no color is too prominent or too dark. Thinking like that, the picture is “just light” only. But actually, when looking at this series of paintings, I feel like I’m drifting into a dream. Do Thanh Lang goes into the dream, explores the complex subconscious of the illusion interwoven with reality and expresses it in very precise colors.
Unlike the above two artists, Hoang Nam Viet has impressive dark green and yellow stone blocks. The picture looks both brilliant and simple. The Bo and Bye-bye-Tracy looks like a photo taken with an old film camera. All expression lines of the face, body, shadow of light on the shirt, hair, wrinkled edge… are shown in blue tones from light to dark. The second The triangle is warmer with the addition of earthy yellow and the highlight is the red shoe. These two pictures give a comfortable feeling, with the familiar “shooting angle”, the character seems to be close, so it is not awkward. It is even possible to see a bit of relaxation of these people when sitting next to each other, under the yellow light, talking about the long day that has passed.
The trio of portraits of Lan – Ngoc – Duy painted from photos found at the war memorabilia market. I think the pictures in his hand are probably very old and out of focus. But in the picture, the character’s spirit is still very clear. Just looking at their expressions, nuances, costumes… can somehow imagine and arouse curiosity about them.
Unlike Llouquet’s smooth stone block, Vo Tran Chau’s “mosaic paintings” bring curiosity. Square pieces of cloth dyed from young persimmons, dark and light depending on the color, assembled into a large array. The interesting thing here is that you can hardly see what the specific content of the painting is, until you raise the camera. The camera screen “shrunk” the pixels, and a tiny image appeared. Just like in the previous solo exhibition Picking up old forest leaves, Vo Tran Chau brings a feeling of “long time no see” in both the painting and the way to go to that meeting.
Not using colors like other authors, Nghia Dang’s series of works use simple black and white colors. The graphite on the paper accidentally (or intentionally) helps the audience focus on the message. In the Adagio series of paintings by the Father, the father-son relationship is shown by masculine and sturdy lines, accompanied by complex symbolic images of the material exterior and the inner consciousness. The Sacred Mountain series conveys the rage, struggles, mistakes and redemption journey of father and son when traveling together.
Although using different materials, even the ideas and messages are not the same, the artists seem to have a common point in time. Looking at it, the time Vo Tran Chau sat waiting for the pigments from young persimmons to soak into the fabric – in not just one dyeing session, or Hoang Duong Cam waiting for the paint blocks to dry, then applying new colors until he got it. nice color… seems to be “dead time”. But in reality, it’s time more alive than ever. A quality dense time that results in a concentration of love-mind. It’s something only those who are patient with slowness can see value; and is also a factor that brings a breakthrough, helping the works that are not on the same path, but can shine together.