Trong Gia Nguyen

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Bruno's
2016
HDF wood and acrylic paint
135 x 118 x 1.8 cm
Three Sunrises
2017
acrylic on wood
200 x 100 x 1.7 cm
Little Barrie
2017
acrylic on wood
diptych, each 98 x 63.9 x 1.7 cm
La Lune
2016
oil and acrylic on wood
198 x 119 x 1.7 cm
Double Rainbow
2017
oil on wood
118 x 118 x 1.7 cm
Despite Your Destination
2017
acrylic on wood
96 x 214.5 x 1.8 cm
Binh Thanh
2017
oil on wood
118 x 110.6 x 1.7 cm
Thirty-Nine
2017
acrylic on wood
165 x 118 x 1.7 cm
11 June 1963
2017
oil and acrylic on wood
200 x 110 x 1.7 cm
Yellow Picket Fence (My Equal, My Other)
2015
wood, paint, metal
98.5 x 62 x 101 cm
The Last Letter Writer’s Last Love Letter
2015
metal wire, cement, tin
64 x 30 x 19 cm
Wash in the rain
2015
canvas, wood
64 x 30 x 19 cm
Here comes the sun (side a)
2015
wood, acrylic paint
205 x 123 x 18 cm
Here comes the sun (side b)
2015
wood, acrylic paint
205 x 123 x 18 cm
Jepson
2017
oil pastel on canvas mounted onto c-print
76 x 120 cm
Parents, circa 1959
2014
oil pastel on canvas
152.5 x 96.5 cm
Family, Beach, circa 1960
2014
oil pastel on canvas
117 x 155 cm
Family, circa 1962
2014
oil pastel on canvas
129.5 x 99 cm
Grandmother’s Funeral, 1974
2014
oil pastel on canvas
119.5 x 163 cm
Family, Guam, 1975
2014
oil pastel on canvas
122 x 167.5 cm
Family, Guam, 1975
2014
oil pastel on canvas
117 x 117 cm
519 West Oak, circa 1980
2014
oil pastel on canvas
112 x 146.5 cm
Family, Enid, circa 1982
2014
oil pastel on canvas
145 x 208 cm
The Leavers
2014
collage of 14 works, oil pastel on canvas
overall dimensions: 183 x 437 cm
Baum: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
2010
rice kernels, ink, mylar and 23K gold leaf paint
12.7 x 8.9 x 0.64 cm
Barthes: La chambre claire (French/Complete - 48 chapters)
2009-2010
rice kernels, ink, mylar, gold leaf
each chapter 12.7 x 8.9 x 0.64 cm
Barthes: La chambre claire (French/Complete - 48 chapters)
(detail view: chapter 1)
Barthes: La chambre claire (French/Complete - 48 chapters)
(detail view: chapter 48)
Last Supper Dining Set
2009
wood, canvas and food residue
dimensions variable
Call me … 347.791.1279
2009
acrylic paint, styrofoam and cake stand
dimensions variable
Welcome to Heaven. Now go to Hell
2009
acrylic paint, styrofoam and cake stand
dimensions variable
Stolnar Stundir (Stolen Moments)
2006
digital video of mixed media performance, Reykjavik, Iceland
40 minutes (edition of 2 + 1 AP)

BIOGRAPHY

“My work examines structures of power in their myriad forms, making attempt to scrutinize the soft foundation upon which contemporary life plays out, often behind the façade of fairness, sincerity, security, tradition, and civility.”

Often employing humor while at other times engaging sober reflection, Trong Gia Nguyen’s work elevates the condition of doubt and reveals the power structures behind our most trusted institutions and beliefs as they relate to the dynamics of domesticity, culture, politics, and economy. Self-reflexive by nature, Nguyen’s methods question the status quo through subtle modes of subversion and interruption. On the flipside, it is an aesthetically pessimistic vantage point, one of retreat that espouses a dimension of decadence, at the expense of charlatanism. Whether taking the form of sculpture, painting, iPhone applications, film, or web-based performance actions, Nguyen’s conceptual approach walks the fine line between joy and sorrow, subtlety and blatancy, night and light, and beauty and beast.

Nguyen has exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad, with recent solo shows at Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2015); Art Virus, Frankfurt, Germany (2013);  QF Gallery, New York, USA (2012); Coleman Burke Gallery, New York, USA (2011); and Galerie ZK, Berlin, Germany (2010).  Group exhibitions include The Others, Piazzale Valdo Fusi, Torino, Italy (2015); Eye on the Storm, Housatonic Museum of Art, Connecticut, USA; Satellites in the Night, Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany (2010); The Sixth Borough, Governors Island, USA (2010); Sequences, Reykjavik, Iceland (2008); 9th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba (2006); Float, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, USA (2007); and Performa, Artists Space, New York, USA (2005).

Nguyen lives and works between Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Brooklyn, New York.

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