Tulip Duong, ‘ONLY 11BR’, 2017, CUC Gallery
Tulip Duong, ‘ONLY 11BR’, 2017, CUC Gallery

Cremone locks appeared in Vietnam during the 19th century. They are used for the windows and doors of French villas in Hanoi. A cremone consists of three main parts: handles, locks and sliders (Figure 1)
To refer to cremone is to lock or open a door from inside – This closing and opening actions is independent, have a meaning of escaping from others. We can see this meaning throughout the cremone series.
On the other hand, these works requires you to imagine the doors- they are not real and closing or opening them is up to you. That is why these works are so surreal. Especially the later works when the sliders, locks in turn are partially or wholly removed, they are a lot more surreal than before. The latest work (in progress) named Untitled 103 (includes three copper cremone locks with an original bronze handgrip, a handgrip with a shape of a sea Urchin and a handgrip made by Fur) are typical work of this series.

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