Opening on Thursday January 11, 2024 from 6 to 8 pm
Almine Rech Paris is pleased to announce Sparkle in the Vastness, the first solo exhibition of the artist Tia-Thuy Nguyen, on view from January 11 to February 24, 2024.
'Sparkle in the Vastness', Tia-Thuy Nguyen’s first show with Almine Rech presents a suite of more than twenty multi-media paintings from the artist’s ongoing series “I, my, me, cloud” (2018–). Impressed at an early age by her father’s experience as a pilot in the Vietnam Air Force during the war (1955–1975), the artist has developed a deeply nuanced appreciation of clouds - what they can reveal and resemble, but also what they might hide. Enchanted by her father’s majestic descriptions of flying through clouds in his plane, Tia was also frightened by his cautionary tales of clouds providing cover for enemy planes.
Capturing this dichotomy, Tia's paintings evoke a wide range of moods - from joy and hope, to gloominess and anxiety. Embellished with beads and embroidery, the glittery, shimmery works reflect the complexity, mystery and mutability of Tia's chosen subject matter. Representing an homage to her father - who passed away in 2022, and whose presence the artist has since experienced as a light radiating from inside herself - Tia’s recent works evoke historical associations of light and spirituality, from sun streaming through stained-glass windows in a cathedral to Mark Rothko’s radiant abstractions.
— Mara Hoberman, curator and writer
Simultaneously, a selection of works by Tia-Thuy Nguyen will be presented in the Showroom at Almine Rech Paris, Turenne.