“In my show, it gets a different meaning. Esprit has a capital letter E. Like a higher entity, a spirit. I try to paint not what I see with my eyes but rather what I see with my spirit. It is like when you watch with X-ray behind the skin, behind the surface of things.
This vue de l’Esprit is beautifully and intriguingly shown in his paintings of bleach on Do paper. In these series he links the spirits from his past with those of the present. “Now I have a different relation with them; I have more compassion with them, too; I listen to them. Maybe they suffer as we do”.
Also in Void Lord [from the World of Warcraft internetgames] we see vues de l’Esprit or figments: monstrous entities – spirits – that dwell within the void outside the borders of reality, like the Titans from Greek mythology. Much of Truc-Anh’s work balances on the verge of reality – unreality and does so both in a dynamic and contemplative manner. In the same way the Internet is a rich source for his work.
“In my exhibitions it is my objective to challenge the viewer by creating visual puzzles. There is always a hybrid of disgusting and seducing the viewer.
Born in 1983 (Paris), Truc-Anh studied at EAL in Lausanne and La Cambre in Brussels. He lives and works between Paris (France), Los Angeles-New York (US) and Ho Chi Min (Vietnam). He has exhibited extensively in Europe, Asia and the United States. His works are included in collections throughout the Netherlands and internationally. Amongst others he participated in exhibitions Sounds of Silence, Coda Museum, The Netherlands, The Quantic Family, Tongerlohuys Museum, The Netherlands and The Foliage, Vincom Center for Contemporary art, Hanoi, Vietnam.
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