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Friday, January 15, 2010

Andrew Hem - One Leads to Another

I am totally in love with Andrew Hem's show, One Leads to Another, at LeBasse Projects. I wish I was local so I could check it out in person! It opens tomorrow (the reception is from 7pm to 10pm) and runs through February 13th. The work is beautiful and the narrative behind the pieces is thought provoking.

About the show:
In this anticipated solo project, Hem confronts the viewer with themes of history and tragedy based on his native Cambodia.

Influenced by the idea of the "Butterfly Effect", where small differences in decisions or movements can produce large variations in the long-term outcome of events, Hem creates a series of "what if" scenarios where one storyline diverges at the moment of a seemingly minor event resulting in two significantly different outcomes. In this case the artist imagines if the violent Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia had never taken power and how the lives of the people would have been altered.

Hem's paintings return to acrylic after several shows of using oil in order to create a more fluid and layered effect. The detailed characters portrayed are layered over hauntingly sublime backgrounds of a past that has been re-imagined based on the "Butterfly Effect" and leads to the title of the show: One Leads to Another.

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