Main Gallery

Work-in(g) Process

Manny Trinh

curated by Sally Frater
January 8 to February 18, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, January 12, 2024 7:00-10:00 pm

Image Credit: Manny Trinh, ‘Sojourn’, Acrylic on canvas, 8″ x 10”

Work-in(g) Process

Moving across genres Manny Trinh’s mixed-media works explore intersections between built space, the natural landscape, and recollection. This installation of paintings and sculpture draw on his vivid memories of his childhood in Vietnam, conveying the beauty and resilience embedded within the architecture and ecologies that exist there as well as his evolving relationship to them. Four bodies of work comprise Work-in(g) Process: a series of paintings on canvas of examples of domestic cluster housing; a grid of small abstract paintings; a group of paintings on decommissioned passports that touch on notions of cultural hybridity; and a relatively new series of wooden sculptures that allow viewers to immerse themselves in the textures and physicality of the structures that are rendered on canvas. The range of materials that Trinh deploys allows him to delve deeper into the essence of form, texture and storytelling within his artistic practice while collapsing the space between different geographic location and terrain. Presenting dynamic works that underscore the ways in which urban and natural spaces are marked by human activity, Trinh encourages viewers of his work to more closely examine how their perceptions and experiences of place are informed by where they are situated in relation.


Manny Trinh (born 1974 in Saigon City, Vietnam) immigrated to Canada when he was 11 years old. He is a painter and visual artist.
Trinh’s practice explores the nuances of contradiction. His vivid impressions of the human landscape of his homeland — dense yet sprawling, chaotic with an underlying order, decaying but full of life and growth — have become major influences on his work.
From engaging with a bright, complementary, almost fauvist or pop colour palette to experiments in greyscale and monochrome, the artist focuses on the entanglement of fantasy and reality; encapsulating a recognizable human core within surreal technology and splintered mechanical landscapes. The various techniques Trinh employs in wet and dry brushwork found in his acrylic, watercolour and gouache paintings are studies probing the surface and texture of our dichotomous environments, acknowledging generations of cultural evolution. His work can be found at Wall Space Gallery. Manny Trinh lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Curator Bio

Sally Frater is the daughter of immigrants from the Caribbean. Her curatorial interests touch on decolonial praxis, place, Back and Caribbean diasporas, art of the everyday, and eco-criticism. She has curated exhibitions for the Art Gallery of Ontario, The McColl Center for Art and Innovation, Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto, Project Row Houses, and the Art Gallery of Guelph. Frater has also completed fellowships and residencies with Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, UT Dallas Centraltrak, Southern Methodist University, Project Row Houses and Art21. Frater is a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators and is an alumna of Independent Curators International.