Do Thanh Lang
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.
Dept. of SpeculationGroup Exhibition 7 Jul - 18 Sep 2022'Dept. of Speculation' - a group exhibition featuring works by Nghia Dang, Nadege David, Do Thanh Lang, Cian Duggan, Ngo Dinh Bao Chau, Truc-Anh, and Vo Tran Chau
fluorescent fogDo Thanh Lang 22 Dec 2020 - 10 Feb 2021'fluorescent fog' – a solo exhibition by Do Thanh Lang, curated by Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran
AlluviumGroup Exhibition 6 Feb - 24 Mar 2018'Alluvium' - a group exhibition featuring work by Nadege David, Do Thanh Lang, Ha Manh Thang, Hoang Duong Cam, Hoang Nam Viet, Le Hoang Bich Phuong, Sandrine Llouquet, Nguyen Huy An, Nguyen Manh Hung, Nguyen Quang Huy, Trong Gia Nguyen
Frieze Seoul 2023Booth A11 6 - 9 Sep 2023For the 2023 edition of Frieze Seoul, Galerie Quynh is thrilled to present work by Do Thanh Lang and Will Thurman - two young artists who are among the most original painters of their generation. Both artists make raw, disquieting works that oscillate between bleakness and lightness. Do Thanh Lang works with acrylic, epoxy resin and plastic to create roughly layered yet dreamy compositions depicting figures that appear frozen in various states of unease. Thurman’s oil paintings belong to an ongoing series called ‘Life Paintings’ and reflect life in all...