Get the latest news, reviews, and commentary delivered directly to your inbox. Become a Member ». Although they burst with pastel colors and showcase gleeful revelers on vacation, the beach scenes by artist Alex Nguyen-Vo unsettle more than they soothe. Representing snapshots from a fictional nudist colony of his invention, his paintings examine the tourist resorts of Southeast Asia as pockets in post-colonial countries that reproduce colonial power structures. Faced with a sense of in-betweenness, as an outsider exploring his country of descent, he was especially attuned to the relationship between locals and foreigners — largely Westerners — and their marked difference of conduct in a country whose citizens regularly face threats to basic rights.