“The Propeller Group”

“The Propeller Group”

Courtesy of The Propeller Group and James Cohan, New York Still from The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music, 2014


Past Event

Location Info:

Blaffer Art Museum
4173 Elgin St.
Houston, TX  77004
We hear Vietnam and instantly think of the region affected by almost 20 years of war, but now an artist collective based out of Ho Chi Minh and Los Angeles is trying to rebrand the country by creating a new mythology for the present. “The Propeller Group” founders Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Phu Nam Thuc Ha and Matt Lucero, who also run an advertising agency named TPG, have chosen to work in a new terrain that erases the line between fine art and media. The exhibit includes seven multi-part projects, including a look at the fake antiques trade in Vietnam, a communist propaganda ad campaign, and the parallels between the funeral rituals of south Vietnam and New Orleans. Their first feature-length flick, AK-47 vs. M16, The Film, builds on a series of sculptures inspired by war. “They decided to shoot an AK-47 against an M16 and the bullets collide in these blocks of [ballistic gel],” says Javier Sanchez Martinez, the curatorial fellow responsible for overseeing the installation. Martinez says the film (which screens once a week) edits scenes from Hollywood movies, promotional videos and YouTube clips to form a background with the guns in the foreground serving as the main characters.

Opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. June 2. Continuing 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. June 3 through October 1. Blaffer Art Museum, 120 Fine Arts Building. For information, call 713-743-9521 or visit blafferartmuseum.org. Free.


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