PAINTING PROJECT [Fall 2014]
CELEBRATE THE TRADITIONAL VIETNAMESE - CHINESE OPERA [HAT BOI]
My paintings are inspired by the traditional Chinese/Vietnamese opera [“hat boi”]. “Hat boi” signifies my childhood memories where it was a beloved art form of the older generation. I’m interested in the music, gesture, the variation of facial make-up, the costume and the graceful movement of the performance artists. Through my work, I aspire to create an archive of my native culture, aesthetics and values. The canvas became an imaginary place where I can explore and define myself. That imaginary place is also where the cultures come together interweave, merge, and sometime clash.
In my paintings, I interested in elaborated details, the application of thinner layer paint to create smooth surface. I continued experimenting with acrylic mediums as well as mixed media materials. Instead of using canvas, I found more interested in using fluid acrylic on silk. The material expresses itself as a part of my cultural root.
Kenny Nguyen, 2014 , Song from the Far East (Installation and Details), 40" x 120" (Variety)