Artwork: Where the flavors are
The cardboard box appearing in the exhibition has undergone a transformation through their various functions. It arrived in the West as packaging for goods from Asia or other parts of the world, getting a new lease of life as sculptures gilded with noble gold leaf and painted to look like the American flag as it did when the United States comprised only thirteen states.
In a manner of speaking Danh Vo conceives of his works in a similar fashion. They, too, are launched from a certain place and subsequently journey out into the world to enter into new relations, accumulate new stories and histories, to interact with each other and with audiences in a widely proliferating web of coincidences. The objects conjure up a remote past, original identities, and forgotten relations, but in Danh Vo’s works they take part in new constellations and contexts that offer up other readings, adding new aspects to the authentic pieces. The objects prove to be open to meanings that Danh Vo quite deliberately does not render concrete; he merely hints at their possibility.