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Cian Duggan
November 2018
20km/hour from The Manor to Vinhomes Central Park
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

about the artwork

entraces 1 & 2
enamel on marble and enamel on glass
Cian Duggan

Duggan’s abstract forms appear otherworldly, they hover with a static tension that animates them, as extra-terrestrial life forms, or portals to another dimension. yet they coexist with their surroundings, rather than overtake it. somewhere between memory and imagination, primitive and futuristic, organic and digital.. the evocation of the familiar rendered unfamiliar lending the forms their oddness.

part 1 of Duggan’s +1 museum by any other name materialises as multiple “entrances”; gateways suggesting disruptive possibilities to the linearity of time and space. their incongruity makes them strangely recognisable as they allude to the many other similar “entrances” hidden in plain sight amongst Saigon’s streets. although there is the possibility that old entrances may close, consumed by the rapidly developing urban environment, Duggan’s compulsion to paint means that new entrances are continually, if only briefly, emerging, waiting to be found.

about the location 

“entrances'” by Cian Duggan opened as MoT+++ third +1 museum by any other name on Friday November 23, 2018. as pair of works on a busy highway in Saigon one ‘entrance’ had already collapsed by the time of the opening. the second ‘entrance’ closed unfortunately the next day.

the “entrances” diptych is part 1 of Duggan’s work for MoT+++’s +1 museum by any other name. part 2 “exit” is a singular piece planned for an unforeseen time in the future—a yet to be realised second half of the work that will join other floating artworks in the sea off the coast of Hue, in a venture organised by fellow +1 museum artist Dao Tung. one year after its construction, part 2 will be untethered and released into the ocean creating an unknowable “exit”, drifting in both time and space.

about the artist

Cian Duggan (b.1990, Ireland) renders the familiar unfamiliar in his painting and drawing practice, which combines organic yet alien shapes with human and figurative elements. the results are abstract forms that appear otherworldly, and hover as if animated with static tension. after working at an artist residency in Ireland, Cian moved first to London and then Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2015. his works can be found on streets and walls across various cities worldwide and often are often in dialogue with a specific site or location. Cian reverses this process in his studio practice by using found objects or materials, such as metal or wood, as his canvas, responding instead to the nature of the material. in 2018, Cian joined the A. Farm international art residency as a Season 0 artist, and became a member of the MoT+++ collective.

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