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MAI NGUYEN-LONG
Diffusion

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Mai Nguyen-Long's third solo exhibition at NG Art Gallery comprises of two series of drawings Diffusion: Objects and Diffusion: Unanchored Narratives. The first, on a larger scale, is an intense reflection on a set of figures of spiritual significance, with personal and associative connections transposed onto the represented objects through a drawing manner ranging from a restrained, almost classical, sobriety to a freewheeling, expressive mode. The artist uses the figures as vehicles for the exploration of her characteristic themes of metamorphosis and hybridity, suggesting that the diffusion of the religious icons is also functioning as a metaphor for human diasporic experience.

 

This point is made even more clearly in the parallel series of smaller, more intimate, drawings of Diffusion: Unanchored Narratives. In these images, the artist's alterego characters appear to undergo a traumatic journey through the subconscious, expressing an undercurrent of fear and anxiety implicit in the Diffusion: Objects drawings made manifest in an outpouring of agitated and disturbing forms, some of which resemble, or even parody, the visual qualities of the larger drawings.

Taken together, the two series of drawings blur the public realm of culture with the private realm of the psyche, and ultimately suggest the historical contingency of belonging and belief... NG Art Gallery summary of writing by Art Historian Phoebe Scott; see pdf for original version - click here

 

Diffusion will be opened on Tuesday 6 November by renowned photographer and master storyteller William Yang at NG Art Gallery, Chippendale, from 6 - 8pm.

For further information, please email ng@ngart.com.au

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