May 10 2018

Trong Gia Nguyen at Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, USA: May 24 – August 26, 2018

Trong Gia Nguyen will present his ongoing project ‘Illuminations’ in a solo exhibition called ‘My Myopia’ at Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

Keenly aware of power dynamics in museum and gallery settings, Trong Gia Nguyen seeks to disturb and reinvent traditional viewing experiences. Nguyen’s series of windows replicate the familiar iron security window grates that are commonly found in older colonial homes in Vietnam. However, as they are constructed of thin wood, this version is incredibly fragile and unable to serve any purpose of security. Their design contains pleasant geometric patterns that can go unnoticed. As such, Nguyen purposefully extracts them from everyday utility. The surface facing out of each window is painted with an imprint of the other side, revealing parts of a sunset, evening lamp, starry sky, historical event, or other illumination that one does not fully see, recording missed fragments and maintaining disruption as it completes the whole. Separated from their surrounding architecture, the windows become skeletons and bare bone witnesses to the mundane, socio-political, historical, and mystical.

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