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Tomas Vu: Black Ice

Von Lintel Gallery
520 West 23rd Street, 212-242-0599
May 4 - June 3, 2006
Reception: Thursday, May 4, 6 - 8 PM
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The richly detailed, often shimmering surfaces of Tomas Vu’s new paintings are palimpsests of paint, drawing and doodle. Vu’s paintings are mineral-rich, swampy, overgrown environments where vegetal creatures, trees and vines sprawl across the canvas. Figurative passages invested with dynamic color appear unexpectedly, almost like hyper-realized cartoons of the real world outside the painting, picturing actors or events.

In contrast to their rich details and elaborate contents, these paintings possess a great deal of open space. The compositions are decentered; a lot of their activity is thrown off to the periphery. As a consequence, the works seem free, open to interpretation, wide and cosmological.
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