A Closing Notice

Cam Xanh -- collector, trader and maker of art -- is a trilogy in herself. With this solo, brashly entitled Masturbation Trilogies, the artist embraces the hat-trick with a series of old and new works, each presented in a set of three. 

Three acrylic planets contain the leftover porridge (chao) she co-cooked with local fellow artists during her Art/Chao performance in 2016. Three handmade knock-off Birkin bags feature images of Western art in a shameless celebration of kitsche. Three tinted acrylic urinals hang on a pink wall like a whimsical set of decorations, alluding to both Duchamp and Gober. Three canvases bear silk cocoons engraved with Vietnamese golden values " freedom - independence - happiness". 

What does it mean to reveal in self-pleasure, which the artist admits to be a public act of masturbation in a private gallery? Is this what the climax looks like - an explosion of uninhibited desire and concealed self-deprecation? What aren't we seeing? Is narcissistic pleasure the ultimate reward of art, or is it mixed with an undertone of pain?

The video installation "chain - chance - change", the opening/end scene of a 2700 hours duration performance, is definitely an interesting knot to be untied. Last but not least, a triptych prints of the word "interesting" itself, with its light-up and black-out versions is an open-end of the solo..


14 Jan, 2017 - 22 Feb, 2017

14 Jan, 2017 - 22 Feb, 2017
Solo Exhibition
Cam Xanh

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