Lien Truong: From the Earth Rise Radiant Beings
August 26, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Turner Carroll Gallery is delighted to welcome back Lien Truong for her 2022 solo exhibition. In Truong’s practice, aesthetic delights butt up against historical realities as she takes figure, landscape, and technique into her own realm of Asian futurism.
The figures in her work are powerful tools in the recontextualization of iconography historically utilized by European and American artists to uphold colonial narratives. Truong takes images of women from historical, Orientalist paintings in which the women are hyper-sexual while at the same time overly diminutive and fulfilling expectations of the Western gaze. Truong gives these figures their own agency, recasting them in the palest yellow and transforming them into silhouettes. In this form, they are divorced from the skin, cloth, and ornamentation which historically stood in for the personhood of Asian women.
Truong’s techniques hold as much significance as her subjects. Thick and gestural oil painting is juxtaposed against flowing hand-painted silk. Strips of silk cascade down the canvas so the slightest breeze or viewer walking past causes it to vibrate over the surface. The use of silk in such a context can’t help but bring to mind visions of the Silk Road which has stood for generations as the proverbial connection between the East and West. Through these forms Truong manages to reference and reject colonialism and orientalism, replacing them with narratives of resistance, strength, beauty, and love.
Turner Carroll Gallery will host Lien Truong in person for her reception Friday, August 26 from 5–7 pm. We hope you can join us!