this is a case for a roving octopus
Pottery Hill Coffee Painting by Ngo Hua Minh Tri in 2020
Temple Guard Di An by tri ngo in the Land of Red Hands and Crimson Sand series from 2020



1. Law: a testifying especially before a court
2. : an act or process of laying someone or something down or letting something fall : an act or process of depositing
3. Geology: the process in which sediments, soil and rocks are added to a landform or land mass
4. : an act of removing from a position of authority : an act of deposing
5. Tri Ngo: a printing process in which layers of egg tempera paint are transferred using acetic acid

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assembly instructions for a chair for lucy by tri ngo is a series of paintings, this is page 1


We are the chair on which we sit: For the Terrain Biennial, Tri Ngo created a functional installation — a chair, he called it. This so-called chair had its legs recessed into the clouds; its upholstery weaved of stone, of metal, of lumber, of flesh. Padded it, he did, with the salt of the Pacific, the crips breezes beneath the birds’ shadows, the snow of yesteryears, the milky soil churning along the Mekong Delta. This was the chair that seated all things: you and me, our friends, our enemies, Lucy and all of the dogs, the ducks, the lizards, the bugs, the trees, the sand. A communal chair, a Mobius piece of furniture, that for a moment, traversed the Milky Way.

Oct. 1st – Nov. 17th, 2019
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side view installation of a flag for my parents by artist tri ngo in 2013 at sullivan gallery in chicago illinois


November 17th, 2013

I am the shipwright attempting to craft the un-paragoned vessel that will sail the creases of the non-orientable surface of spacetime, The Paper Nautilus. This ship will be the first Inter-spacetime Vessel (ISTV), consisting of eight contrivances. Each contrivance will be forged from droplets of memory into a modular apparatus that will oscillate across time and space. Like clockwork, once connected to a power source, the eight contrivances will consolidate and transform the immediate area into an Inter-spacetime Vessel.

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moon in a box is a writing by artist Tri Ngo, and was first published in Home Lands, the inaugural edition of the Object Press by Kekeli Sumah and Stephanie Lin-Sumah. The work was exhibited in the 2019 Venice Biennale.


How does one go about putting the moon into a box?

Perhaps with a round mirror, or a black box with a hole, or a camera to take its picture so. Is it water? If yes, then set sail a small porcelain cup atop a midnight lake to catch the dripping drops of the moonlight nectar. Or perhaps with a rocket ship carrying one foldable box made for a Canadian Inuit. Or simply cross both hands into a perfect square and lift that high toward the sky. Dip it in a glass of milk and take a bite. But if all you have is a paper box petite in size, and unadorned. try. and trust that it will fit.

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A chess set created by artist and designer Tri Ngo. The pieces on a table with their shadows creating an image of a city.


one word:

as you enter this body, your whys will soon arise;
to which I may only reply: we are but a chimaera in a chimaeric world:

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Tri Ngo is just a painter. He pushes pigments and oils around until they pacify the torrential thoughts that occupy his empty mind and unravel his sorrowful heart. He may have a master’s degree, but he still knows nothing, for his dream is to build a box to hold the moon.

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View Work: Communion by Tri Ngo, 1990-ongoing Life Art


View Work: One and One is One by Tri Ngo, 2018 Design Sculpture

One and One is One

View Work: Deposition Series by Tri Ngo, 2013 Painting

Deposition Series

View Work: Night at the CSO Series by Tri Ngo, 2020 Drawing

Night at the CSO Series

View Work: Collection of 2021 Drawings by Tri Ngo, 2021 Drawings

Collection of 2021 Drawings – Part 1

View Work: Collection of Work on Paper by Tri Ngo, 2020 Drawing

Collection of Work on Paper

by Tri Ngo – Published: 2013-2021