‘Transformative Disguise’ is Lê Hoàng Bích Phượng’s first solo exhibition. Composed of 9 new paintings and 5 ceramic sculptures, this exhibition plays with ideas of reflection, transparency and transformation, inviting the viewer to contemplate their own awareness of their behavior and actions, to question what kinds of attitudes they wear as masks to cope in everyday life.
‘Man I have met’ by Lê Hoàng Bích Phượng
In the world of Le Hoang Bich Phuong, the wearing of costume, particularly the mask, enters her urban everyday, where portraits of herself, friends and strangers – both real and imagined – morph with the traits of various cultural animal stereotypes. In her art, friends cheat on lovers; insecure others seek the identity of fame; and her own childhood dreams of life conflict with her present reality. With this intimate knowledge Phuong creates her own mythology, with watercolor on silk and glaze on ceramic, casting a set of personal heroes that merge human with the beast.
‘Xoi Thit (A Red Nose)’ by Lê Hoàng Bích Phượng
Le Hoang Bich Phuong is a young master of watercolor. Trained in the art of oil painting and compelled by the symbolic narrative of the Japanese tradition of ukiyo-e, Phuong’s compositions gracefully employ the subtle boldness of line and color gradation found in silk masterpieces by Nguyen Phan Chanh, and the humorous frivolity of Utagawa. Phuong’s characters float on raw silk, her near ethereal use of color giving the sense that these are ghostly figures of questionable earthly substance, the eyes, hands, mouth and ears of each figure deliberately pronounced in more intense hue and gesture.
'Whispering' by Lê Hoàng Bích Phượng
This exhibition plays with ideas of reflection, transparency and transformation, inviting the viewer to contemplate their own awareness of their behavior and actions, to question what kinds of attitudes they wear as masks to cope in everyday life.
Pictures provided by Sàn Art. Words by Zoe Butt
‘A Transformative Disguise: Lê Hoàng Bích Phượng’
Sàn Art, 3 Me Linh street, district Binh Thanh, HCMC, Vietnam
April 26th – May 25th 2012
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 6.30pm
This traveling exhibition is co-produced with the Japan Foundation and will open in Hanoi from the 28 June – 27 July, 2012.
27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
Opening hours: Daily from 9.30am – 6.00pm