The exhibition Hangover constitutes a selection of paintings by the young Ho Chi Minh City-based artist Phuc Thien Hoang, working in acrylic, oil, and mixed media. This is his first exhibition outside of Vietnam, and his second solo exhibition to date. Most of these canvases are bustling with figures—drinking, puking, kissing, dreaming—and the viewer becomes a bit of a voyeur, looking out from behind the eyes of the artist as he surveys the crowd.
The paintings take us into a dream world where the mundane interactions of daily life are imbued with the exaggerated intensity of the mythical conflict. What we see in many of these works (such as the eponymous triptych Hangover (2022)) is a sober person’s perspective on a drunken scene. Alternatively, the still-life Summer Fruits (2022) offers a break from the maddening crowd—consider it a glimpse of the morning after the hangover, when the headache is all gone.