Nguyễn Quốc Chánh
Moulds and Models 2
Hà Mạnh Thắng
Acrylic, acrylic medium, charcoal, gold leaf and oil on canvas
290 x 150 cm
‘Midnight #9’ is a part of Ha Mang Thang’s solo exhibition ‘Landscape | Mindscape’ in 2019 at Galerie Quynh.
The large and expressive mixed media painting is inspired by Ha’s on-going fascination with Vietnamese antiques. Thus, it carries in itself both a contemporary sensibility and engagement with Vietnamese culture. The remains of beautiful ruins imply the changes in season, depict a particular motif and engender a sense of melancholia and awe in the spectator.
From the external landscape, the painting fades into Ha’s internal mindscape in which we feel the bittersweet beauty amid decay.