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Things To Come
Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present “Things to Come” an exhibition showcasing the diverse works from their roster of artists and a look ahead at their plans for the new year.
Infinite Monsoon Sisavanh Phouthavong
Sisavanh Phouthavong lives and works in Nashville, TN, where she is a professor of Painting at MTSU. Her work draws heavily on her experience of displacement as a Lao American refugee. Her large scale, abstract paintings create a Third Space of cultural Hybridity, of fractured perspective and identity. The “Kaleidoscopic” nature of her work is referential to the post-colonial condition—the violence of civil war as well as the inner-conflict between competing cultural claims, between preserving cultural identity and assimilation.
Soft Kernel by Jing Qin
Having grown up in the Henan province of China, Jing Qin embeds subtle signifiers of cultural collision in her figurative paintings—here a folding screen, there a tiger figurine. Elements of pattern, landscape, and foliage seem to pay homage to Qin’s childhood.
As in Phouthavong’s work, subtle patterns of cultural hybridity underpin the works, reflecting a coexistence of culture. Symbols of Qin’s identity as a Tennessean exist here too—there are symbols of the southern United States, such as the Flannery O’Connor novel strewn nearby an array of busts painted in varied levels of abstraction.
It is through these cultural clues that Qin establishes context—an atmosphere in which her surreal, disjointed narratives take place. Subjects of ambiguous gender and ethnicity seem to populate the unconscious space of Qin’s canvas, which she fittingly dubbed “non-logical space.” These characters become actors in ambiguous dramas culled from Qin’s dreams and fantasies, which manage to be both mundane and mysterious. Each piece is charged with a palpable tension; the viewer becomes immersed in the dream as they try to pin down a narrative—and are left with more questions than answers.
Source: Tinney Contemporary
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