Pipo Nguyen-Duy: The Garden

Phil Kropoth
08/09/2008

Sam Lee Gallery follows up its dynamic group exhibition I AM I A KILLER with Pipo Nguyen-Duy's cyclical photography project, The Garden. Behind his camera, Vietnamese-born Nguyen-Duy waits — and waits some more — as he follows the transformation of a single greenhouse through successive states of abandonment and flourish. He captures the brittle, twiggy remains of winter, the verdant shoots growing under the warm summer sun, and the various objects — such as an old automobile — that inhabit the space. In his ambitious, finely executed endeavor, Nguyen-Duy stimulates the senses and imposes a powerful emotional narrative on a structure that might otherwise be seen as little more than an empty container.