America, America

America, America

Paintings by Lien Truong

May 3 – 14, 2016

In America, America, Truong examines the history of colonialism and conflict in America. The work embraces Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopias, as sites that mirror, distort, and invert other spaces. Painted gestures reside in a space reminiscent of the void in eastern landscape painting, and bear the uniform of regional textile designs, referring to a worldwide textile trade that for centuries has been a complicated narrative of migration, hierarchy and power. The trade assigned the various Easts with exotic mystery, and supplanted it significantly as the other. The nonverbal aesthetics of textiles transcends language barriers, yielding notable capacity to be culturally absorbed. The painted gestures envelope, penetrate and permeate each other among echoes of water and fluids; signifying the separation of nations, and dissolving of the painted bodies. The movements become phantoms of history, creating a labyrinth of violence, migration and coupling. The paint and space coalesce, creating entanglements of our eternally diasporic, global world.Lien Truong’s paintings examine social, cultural, and political history, exploring the influences that bind the formation of contemporary identity and belief systems in a transcultural context. Truong has exhibited extensively in venues including the National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC; the Centres of Contemporary Art in Moscow and Yekaterinburg, Art Hong Kong; Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Southern Exposure, San Francisco; and the Oakland Museum of California. Truong received her MFA from Mills College and her BA from Humboldt State University. She contributes reviews and interviews for Diacritics, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.More information:


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