America, America
On View May 3 – 14, 2016 
The Carrack Modern Art • 111 West Parrish St • Durham, NC 27701

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.

 

Opening Reception Saturday, May 7, 6-9pm, Artist Talk at 6pm

Image: Dear Africa, oil on paper, 72″ x 51″

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