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MyLoan Dinh: Fluid

When: Fri., May 26, 5:30 p.m. 2017

At a glance, some of MyLoan Dinh's paintings might look like simple summer-home confections of sand and sea. But look again. At the end of the Vietnam War, Dinh's family fled its native Saigon and wound up at "Tent City" in California, one of the U.S.'s largest Vietnamese refugee camps. From there they migrated to North Carolina. After a time at UNC-Chapel Hill, Dinh studied at an art school in Australia and then spent a decade working in theatrical design before returning to painting in 2008. This life of comings and goings, both personal and geopolitical, furnishes images of legs running into and out of seas with underlying emotion and gravity. Elsewhere, the work is more pointed, as in an American flag constructed from lifejackets. Fluid, Dinh's new exhibit, runs at the Durham Convention Center from May 19 to October 13. And look, we're never going to try to send you to a convention-center corridor to look at art; luckily, the Durham Arts Council pavilion is hosting this one-night pop-up. See it there. —Brian Howe

Price: Free

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