'This is not an advertisement'

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Ian McIntosh is not constrained by any medium as he tries to portray what he sees happening in Vietnam.

An Australian artist who has lived for extended periods in the country since 1992, McIntosh's latest show, titled "This is not an advertisement," is one of two streams of work that he is currently pursuing.

 

The first is to make rubbings of surfaces, textures and objects found in Vietnam and the second involves making a series of mixed media paintings using elements from Vietnamese advertising and popular culture.

While the earlier has a historic feel to it, the latter is a reflection on contemporary Vietnam that is changing at a fast pace.

The January 14-23 exhibition in Hanoi belongs to the second stream. It tries to capture the influence of advertising and aspirations of people for a better life.

The paintings are collages of newspapers, magazines, advertising and other items of popular culture, over which layers of Vietnamese language and text are applied.

The exhibition is being held at 36 Ly Thuong Kiet St., Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi.

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