Do Thanh Lang

Biography

Approaching art practice with a rare instinct - visible through the craggy edges of his canvases, or the occasional insect fossilised by his resin pour - Do Thanh Lang is aptly positioned to extract lightness from a dire situation. Dreamlike in all their hazy strangeness, his artworks are akin to pieces of a memory - a visual journal of altered consciousness. Not without humour, of a dark kind, Do's works center around fragments of images and stories churned out by the gigantic machine that is Vietnamese online media. Just as one's disposed garbage can speak volumes about how one lives, these images - likened by Do to 'virtual trash' - remind us that apathy is one of the world's gravest dangers.

 

Born in 1986 in Ho Chi Minh City, Do Thanh Lang studied painting at the Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts University. His work has been shown in a number of group exhibitions in Vietnam and regionally, such as Salt of the Jungle, Korea Foundation Gallery, Seoul, Korea and Vietnamese Women's Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam; Modern Wind, HCMC Fine Arts Association, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; My Eldest Sister, San Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Fall, Café Tram, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Out of Nowhere, Sao La, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Art Walk, numerous venues in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and fluorescent fog (curated by Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran), Lunar Breccia, Alluvium, song of the cicada among summer poppies, Hopscotch and NGUCHONOBAY (curated by Sao La) at Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

 

Do has also participated in Spot Art Singapore 2014 (ARTrium @ MCI, Singapore) and undertaken the residency program Brown Movement at Heritage Space in Hanoi.

 

Do lives and works between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

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