Dinh Q. Lê
Signs and Signals From the Periphery
An installation of new work

May 7 - June 27, 2009

Fridays 12 - 5pm and by appointment

The Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Signs and Signals from the Periphery, our fifth solo exhibition with internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Dinh Q Lê.

Signs and Signals from the Periphery features a series of photographs and stripped-down abstract sculptures. These works address a system of signs that has developed in Vietnam and signals the availability of certain goods and services. These signs typically use available disposable materials relating to the trade (a DVD for pornography, a tire for bicycle repair, etc.) and can be easily and quickly assembled at no cost. This system is a product of the rapidly changing economy of Vietnam, which favors temporary, transient businesses.

Throughout his career Dinh Q. Lê has examined the intersections of Vietnamese and American history and culture. Much of Lê’s best known work (such as the photoweavings which have been exhibited several times at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery) focuses on reconciling American images of Vietnam with Lê’s personal experiences. Having relocated back to Vietnam over a decade ago, Lê’s current work reflects his most recent perceptions of daily life and contemporary Vietnamese culture.

Dinh Q. Lê lives in Vietnam and holds an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts (New York, NY). In May 2010 Lê’s work will be the subject of a one-person exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has exhibited extensively internationally, recently participating in the 2009 Biennale Cuveé in Linz, Austria, the 2008 Singapore Biennale, and the 2006 Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, in Brisbane, Australia. His work has been exhibited at PS1 Contemporary Art Center (Long Island City, NY), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), the Asia Society (New York, NY), among many others, and was recently featured in a solo exhibition at the Tufts University Art Gallery (Medford, MA). Lê's work is also included in numerous permanent collections including The Museum of Modern Art, The Ford Foundation, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.