Obsessed With Hokusai: The Octopussy series By Vietnamese Artist Trần Trung Lĩnh
Several years ago, we published an article on tentacle erotica inspired by The Dream of The Fishermans Wife with an extensive gallery of arts on the theme. Today, we want to remind you of this genre by introducing the Vietnamese artist Trần Trung Lĩnh and his paintings and sketches from The Octopussy series.
Fig. 1. Trần Trung Lĩnh in his studio (instagram.com)
Fig. 2. Lĩnh with a painting from Octopussies (instagram.com)
Fig. 3. Make Love logo from Lihn’s Instagram.
Roots And Activities
Trần Trung Lĩnh was born in 1977 in Hội An, Vietnam's Quảng Nam Province (central region of Vietnam), famous for its covered Japanese Bridge. In 2001, Lĩnh graduated from Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts University. He has been participating in group exhibitions since 2000 and solo exhibitions since 2003. His paintings were exposed in Indonesia and Netherlands in the late 2000s. Judging by his interviews and profiles, besides being a painter, Lĩnh works as a production designer and a film director (short film Butterflies). Being a huge fan of rock music, the artist promotes the Vietnamese Rock'n'Share annual music festival and appears as a musician himself. Earlier, he was a member of the motorcycle club Psychotramps13, which organized motocrosses for charity purposes. Today, Lĩnh lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City.
Fig. 4. Moderna Lisa (saatchiart.com)
Fig. 5. MonaVader (saatchiart.com)
State of Absurdity
According to Lĩnh, he started as an expressionist and abstractionist. If you visit his Instagram account, you'll see several abstract works in the manner of Pollock, though the monochrome style of Lĩnh's account won't let you fully appreciate these paintings. The reason for the artist to leave these genres behind was panic, as he confessed in one of his interviews, which sounds paradoxically enough, as soon as abstract art itself often appears as a manifestation of absurdity and fright. The panic happened after the artist watched Trainspotting by Danny Boyle, the black comedy-drama film based on the novel of Irvin Welsh. The sight of the group of addicts with the final monologue of the leading character put Lĩnh "in a state of absurdity for two to three years," which made him switch to pop art. Lihn himself describes this transition the following way: "I've started as expressionist, spending loads of time with dots and stripes in chaos. One thing I know for sure is that at heart I am an expressionist. But after my third exhibition, Angst Emerging (2007), I realized that Pop Art, with its hyper-interactive way of conveying and communicating, is what really suits me, what I need on my way to speak out my ideology, to say out loud what disturbs me every day from what I witness" (marcelforart.com). His pop-art works, referring to recognizable cultural elements, include, for instance, Moderna Lisa and MonaVader.
Fig. 6. “Play with me!”. Armed courtesan from Linh’s Instagram.
Fig. 7. “Play with me!”. Armed courtesan with a reference to Guns’n’Roses (instagram.com).
To See Sex As Beautiful
Under one of his Octopussy sketches, Lĩnh puts the thoughts that are hard to disagree with: "To see sex and what is sexually suggestive as beautiful is indeed difficult both for the visual artist and for the viewer" (instagram.com). To produce appealing erotic content that eventually will be classified as art and not as porn requires a true talent and skill. You are to judge whether Lĩnh has achieved his goal in numerous drawings and paintings. Yet, as Lĩnh mentions another time, "Losing all sexuality is synonymous with cutting off life and leaving even death, becoming nothingness" (instagram.com).
Fig. 8. Octopussy #1 (saatchiart.com)
Fig. 9. Octopussy #2 (saatchiart.com)
Fig. 10. Octopussy #3 (saatchiart.com)
Fig. 11. instagram.com
The Greek Approach
Fig. 12. Newest painting from the Octopussy series (instagram.com)
Fig. 13. Sketch by Linh (PsychoLinh) (instagram.com)
A Metaphor For Physicality
Fig. 14. Instagram.com
Fig. 15. The Octopussy painting with the Death and Maiden motif (instagram.com)
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Sources: instagram.com/trantrunglinh/; elleman.vn; marcelforart.com; saatchiart.com
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