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Tran Nguyen at Thinkspace Art Gallery, Culver City

by Suzanne on July 15th, 2011


The Moon Is A Foul Intention by Tran Nguyen, graphite and acrylic on paper, 28 x 36 cm, 2011 - click to enlarge

I've been umming and ahhing about whether I should announce this exhibition or not because I've always found it somewhat difficult to place Tran Nguyen.

I guess she's in the process of finding her own style, but when I look at her pencilled works and her ornamental gold-leafing I can never help being reminded of Joao Ruas' oeuvre and when I analyse the movements of figure and fabrics I get a strange Eric Fortune sensation behind my retina.

Yet - and the reason why I've decided to post these pieces in the end - I do like the detailing in these two drawings, the sublime layering and delicate draping in the headscarves (I wish this precision and attention had continued down to the seams of the dresses that seem so very oddly stuck to the bodies like magnetic neoprene bathing suits). The luminosity of eyes, lips and fingernails is also very enticing and there's undoubtedly some lovely chiaroscuro going on around eyes and collarbones.

So let's just conclude that I'm having another unforgiving day and even though the show feels more like a giant drawing exercise to me than a finished exhibition, I think it's still worth checking it out in the flesh and prove me wrong.

Alongside Tran's The Synapse Between Here and There show, David Bray will show new works in Thinkspace's Project Room. Both shows open tomorrow evening and will run until early August.

Details below.


Confronted With An Over-exposed Marquee by Tran Nguyen, graphite and acrylic on paper, 28 x 36 cm, 2011 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Saturday, July 16, 5 - 8 PM, Tran will be in attendance

On show: Jul 16 - Aug 6, 2011

Address: Thinkspace Art Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, USA, tel: (310) 558-3375, email: contact@thinkspacegallery.com

Opening hours: Wed - Fri: 1 - 6 PM, Sat: 1 - 8 PM

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