Trong Gia Nguyen
Trong Gia Nguyen is a multi-disciplinary artist, working between a wide range of media, from iPhone applications and web-based performance actions to installation, sculpture, film, and painting. His work examines structures of power in their myriad forms, and scrutinises the soft foundation upon which contemporary life plays out, often behind the façade of fairness, sincerity, security, tradition, and civility. Often employing humour while at other times engaging sober reflection, Nguyen’s methods question the status quo through subtle modes of subversion and interruption.
Nguyen received his MFA in Painting at the University of South Florida, and has exhibited widely over two decades in the US and abroad, with recent solo shows including This House Is Falling Upwards through a Hole in (do) China, La Patinoire Royale/Galerie Valerie Bach, Brussels, Belgium; The Last State, Richard Koh Projects, Bangkok, Thailand; and My Myopia, Cornell Museum of Fine Arts, Orlando, FL, USA. Notable group exhibitions include Where the Sea Remembers, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, CA, USA; There’ll Never Be a Door. You are Inside: Works from the Teixeira de Freitas Collection, curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas, Santander Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain; Gun Shy, Artspace1616, Sacramento, CA, USA; Dogg Days, Jacki Headley University Art Gallery, Chico, CA, USA; 2017 California Pacific Triennial: Building As Ever, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, USA; The All Florida Show, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL, USA; Eye on the Storm, Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT; The Book Lovers, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium; ART STAYS 2012, 10th Festival of Contemporary Art, Ptuj, Slovenia; Telefone Sem Fio: Word-Things of Augusto de Campos Revisited, EFA Project Space, New York, NY, USA; The Sixth Borough, curated by No Longer Empty, Governors Island, New York, NY, USA; Satellites in the Night, Freies Museum Berlin, Berlin, Germany; Power to the Brand, curated by Bosko Boskovic, Museum of Contemporary Art of Republic Srpska, Banja Luka, Republic Srpska; Once Upon a Time, curated by Chen Tamir and Jean Barberis, ISE Foundation, New York, NY, USA; Sequences Real Time Festival, Dwarf Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland; 9th Havana Biennial, Fortress of the Three Kings, Havana, Cuba; Float, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY, USA; and Waterways, a collateral project of the 2005 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Renee Vara, Istanbul, Turkey.
Nguyen has participated in residencies at the Everglades, Everglades National Park, Florida; Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; LegalArts, Miami, FL; Harvestworks Digital Media, New York, NY; and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY. He has also received numerous grants and fellowships from New York organisations such as Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Puffin Foundation, Change Inc., and Bronx Museum.
Nguyen lives and works between Ho Chi Minh City and Brussels.
familiarGroup Exhibition 11 Mar - 10 Apr 2021familiar, the term paradoxically conveying both something you know well, but also something you can’t quite pinpoint, explores the endless possibilities of the body – not just as a bundle of functions designed for survival, but as a source and site of culture and memory. Though the body is an...