Frequent Small Meals presents
FOUND FANTASIES: VIDEO WORKS BY NGUYEN TAN HOANG
Artist in attendance!
"stunning...[a] thoughtful body of work that both art and pop culture fans can enjoy similarly"
The video works of Nguyen Tan Hoang occupy a unique space in the current artistic landscape. An adept of the "found footage" tradition of film and videomaking, Hoang uses images and sounds from Hollywood movies, karaoke videos, pornography and other sources to create dense, energetic works which reconfigure popular culture, movies, and sexual identities from his perspective as a Vietnamese-American gay man. Found Fantasies is an evening of Hoang's videos and other works, specially chosen by the artist himself.
* In “Pirated!,” Hoang recounts his childhood escape from Vietnam by boat, in which he and his family were attacked repeatedly by pirates on the open sea. Intercutting Hollywood images with his own footage, Hoang boldly transports the traumatic experience into the realm of sexual fantasy.
* The notorious video “Forever Bottom” demolishes stereotypes and p.c. notions of sexual representation with a bravura performance by the artist – an Asian American man’s embrace of “full, unrepentant bottomhood.”
* Catholicism, homosexuality and “cinematic men of the cloth” are the subjects of ”The Calling.” “After having four daughters, my mother made a pact with the Virgin Mary that, if granted a son, she would give him up to God. That was how I came to be...”
* “A Horse, A Filipino, Two Women, A Soldier, and Two Officers” deconstructs a Marlon Brando film, while “Cover Girl: A Gift From God” is the strange tale of Dalena, “a blond-haired, blue-eyed, all-American white woman who is also a Vietnamese American pop star...A gift from God, she possesses the uncanny ability to sing in perfect Vietnamese.”
* Hoang will also show closely related works by Jean-Gabriel Périot, and Michael Brynntrup. Périot’s works use experimental animation techniques and ironic monologues in outrageous subversions of gay stereotypes. In “Loverfilm,” Brynntrup romps through 15 years of his own sexual history, showing one lover after another in an extended “invasion of privacy.”
Nguyen Tan Hoang’s video works have been shown in dozens of festivals, museums and galleries around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Lux in London, and the San Francisco Cinematheque. His work has been the subject of articles in publications from Cahiers du Cinema to the Journal of Neuro-Aesthetic Theory.
Found Fantasies contains explicit imagery and is intended for adults only.