Young artist presents mind maps to inner questions

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A solo painting exhibition by artist Truong Cong Tung called "Above the Sky, Under the Sea", opened at Ho Chi Minh City's San Art Gallery on Sep 15.


The exhibition presents drawings and paintings on canvas and ceramic works illustrating Tung's psychological exploration of interior and exterior spaces, says a gallery press release.


They are like mind maps that give pictures to his own inner questions about how he interacts with the world, how he pushes his ideas with his art.


Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Truong Cong Tung is a recent graduate of the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University and committed to challenging his artistic ideas and technique through dialog and experimentation, the release says.


"Trained in the Vietnamese art of lacquer, Tung has a particular skill in pushing paint across a surface, understanding that paucity in color can create dramatic effects.


"In these works, the influence of architecture, cartography and science fiction are evident in his choice of subject, where aerial maps and astronauts dance across various surfaces.


"Tung's choice of medium demonstrates the artists' keen observation of the relationship between substance and idea, where the nature of the material (its fragility or porousness) relates directly to his opinions on the human condition."


For further information on the exhibition that will remain open until November 3, contact Nhung Le at


Sàn Art is located on 3 Me Linh, Binh Thanh Dist.

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