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Los Angeles Times
LE MONDE, June 18 th 2015
This is a drawing exhibition, not far from two hundred, inked or pencilled. They cover three walls of the gallery, occasionally painted black. The most of them are portraits, including those of Marlene Dietrich, Mahatma Gandhi, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jules Caesar and Batman, easily recognizable. There are also some unknowns, octopus, a moody Cyclops and various monsters. However, this might not be what we first see as the most astonishing remains in the extreme diversity of graphic styles, juxtaposed by a deliberately chaotic installation. Truc-Anh, 32 years old, appears to be as comfortable with Goya as he is with Dix, with Hokusai as he is with Warhol. He knows them so well there is nothing laborious in its variations, drawn with a speed and remarkable freedom of movement. Also, it is less a drawings exhibition to look one by one than an installation that plays with heterogeneity, contradictions and tensions created from one work to another. It says a lot about the current state of art, its memory saturated of references and the need to get out of it. To achieve this, Truc-Anh chose to smash through in order to disperse it : this might not be a bad method. “
TELERAMA, July 2015
Entre le cabinet de curiosités et la chambre d'ado à ranger dare-dare, Truc-Anh, né en 1983, a transformé de fond en comble la petite galerie Sator. Sur des murs repeints à la peinture noire, l'artiste, qui vit entre Paris et Hô Chi Minh, a troussé une installation où sont tapissées des œuvres sur papier, des dessins de petits formats de styles et de factures très différents, des pages de croquis, des lavis à l'encre, des portraits ou des scènes venues de la presse ou de livres ou encore des images issues d'Internet. Un piquant maelström d'images dont la saturation évoque, et plagie à sa façon, notre (pas) très évidente et moderne époque…
"De quoi rêvez vous lorsque la bienséance sociale ne vous conditionne pas à sélectionner vos idées les plus appropriées ? Cette harmonie chaotique est en chacun de nous mais nous en somme déconnectés. Nous sommes tous victimes d'une auto censure inculquée dès le début de nos scolarisés. Lorsque je travaille, j'essaie de ne pas hiérarchiser, de ne pas cataloguer les styles car tout ça existe en moi.
Peu importe la direction du chemin pourvu que les pas soient réels."
Vincent Sator, guest of the TV Show "Chercheur d'Art" on BFM Business TV
talks about the exhibition "Ink Kingdom".
June 20th, 2015
VTC 10 - Documentary
Documentary produced and published on
Vietnamese TV Channel VT10. March 2014
ASIA ART PACIFIC - Almanac 2014 and Almanac 2015
Yearly publication by Asia Art Pacific, Hong Kong
Established in 1993, ArtAsiaPacific magazine is the leading English-language periodical covering contemporary art and culture from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East.
Since 2005, AAP has produced an annual Almanac edition, published in January, which surveys the past year in the 67 countries and territories covered in the magazine. In addition to news, exhibition, festival and country reports, the Almanac features special sections such as Five Plus One, which spotlights five outstanding artists from the previous year and one promising artist for the next year, and Reflections, a set of essays written by prominent curators and cultural figures.
The evolution of Contemporary Art in Vietnam
Seminar at CCIFV La Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Française au Vietnam
December 16, 2014
15e étage, Landmark, 5B Tôn Duc Thang, Ben Nghe Ward District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
ART PARIS - Art Fair
Presented by Galerie Sator
Activation / Passivation
Public Talk at GALERIE QUYNH
June 14, 2014
65 De Tham Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
"The Game of Faith" by Lisa Gerven
Essay by Lisa Gerven, Curator MUKHA Museum of Contemporary Art,
Antwerpen, Belgium, 2014
"For a long time, the artist was seen as somebody who had access to the true nature of life, the genuine, higher truth, maybe even to the sublime. It was his job to make this knowledge comprehensible for the common man. Truc-Anh, however, does something radically different. What Truc-Anh shows is the confusing part of life. "
Artist Pension Trust Spotlight
Interview by Lidia Fabian for Artist Pension Trust Global, 2013
"Q - What do you mean by enigma ?
A - I believe that a painting has to challenge you over the course of time. Today, 90% of images are "ready to think". The concept itself has turned into crutches and statements like some slogan. It’s a huge mistake, because the eye of the viewer becomes passive. A piece of art should resist the consumption mechanism."
"The Game of Faith" by Kara Rooney
Essay by Kara Rooney, Associate Editor for the Brooklyn Rail, New York, USA, 2012
" The poet John Keats referred to this ambiguous resistance as “negative capability.” In the work of Truc-Anh, “negative capability” is registered on a monumental scale, tethering us to our fleeting, fragile, and very human condition."
"Lecture" - ENSAV La Cambre
La Cambre, National School of Visual Arts, Belgium
Talk host by the Department Painting and 3 Dimensional Research
Brussel, Novembre 11, 2010
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Legume et Diamand by Frederic Chapon
Essay by Frederic Chapon
Published for the solo show Triple Lombric, 2009, Paris France.
F. Chapon is critic, he collaborates with Frog Magazine in France.
"Le monde de Truc-Anh se déploie dans une forme éclatée dont les extrémités tiennent par une force mystérieuse de gravitation. "
"Conversation" with Tania Nasielski
Conversation with Tania Nasielski, Curator
Recorded in Brussel, Belgium, 2010
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Tania Nasielski is Curator and owner of 105 Besme art space. She organised the group show "Plasticiens en mouvement" at à the Biennale of Dakar in Senegal, and at De Markten in Brussel, Belgium. She curated as well "Tales of the city" a Artefiera in Bologna, Italy and "Hexen 2039" at Chelsea Space, Science Museum and the British Museum in Londres, United Kingdom.