Trong Nguyen

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"Marcel Duchamp Vs. Bobby Fischer" (2008-10), Video projections on trapezoidal pedestals
"The Once and Future..." (2008), Acrylic paint, wood, silver foil, styrofoam, custom sword
"La chambre claire" (2010), All 48 chapters of Roland Barthes' book written word for word on grains of rice
"Colección Whitney" (2009), Wood and metal, locks
"Artists Commercials" (2009-10), Video still, commercials of artists, with scripts written by Nguyen
Artist's Statement

My work is concerned with structures of power as they relate to the process of looking at art, characterizing the gaze as a battlefield where the audience and artwork struggle for dominance. When a viewer enters any exhibition space, he or she determines the conditions for looking at art -- how long to look at the work, under what aesthetic criteria, and so on. Regardless of medium, I respond to this ''adverse position'' by making works that implement subtle and subversive ways to not only negate the power of the viewer's gaze, but swivel it in favor of the artwork.


Trong Gia Nguyen is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions, including recent solo shows in New York at Fruit + Flower Deli and in Ho Chi Minh City at Galerie Quynh. Group shows include "Sequences 2008" (Iceland), "9th Havana Biennial" (Cuba), "Conflux 2007" (Brooklyn), and "Performa 05" (New York). Trong has received grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Harvestworks Digital Media Center, Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Puffin Foundation. He has previously guest-lectured at Latvia Center for Contemporary Art, Location One, New York University, School of Visual Arts, Columbia University, Reykjavik Art Academy, and others. Recently Trong finished a "Metaphysical GPS" iPhone app project and wrote a "lost chapter" to "The Da Vinci Code" based on the secret love life of Marcel Duchamp.