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Topography of memories No.2

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Topography of memories No.2 Installation

Kenny Nguyen

United States

Installation, Fabric on Canvas

Size: 110 W x 68 H x 12 D in

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My work explores the concept of cultural identity, integration, and displacement. I use silk, a cultural-rich material, as a metaphor for my personal identity and cultural interchange. My painting is the interplay between deconstruction and reconstruction material, two and three-dimensional surface. Influenced by my Vietnamese cultural heritage and background in fashion design, which has shaped my studio practice in creating art, especially in my use of materials such as fabric. My silk pieces were constructed in the way garment would be made without a physical body. Each fold and drape is secured temporarily with a push pin and constantly change during the installation process. My works examine the importance of the senses and emotions by transforming a delicate material like silk into a complex surface and sculptural forms. The artwork form was not permanent, whenever the piece was reinstalled in a new space the sculpting process was repeated but the result will never turn out the same.

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Installation:Fabric on Canvas

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Size:110 W x 68 H x 12 D in

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Kenny Nguyen is a mixed media artist whose work focuses on using cultural-rich materials, as a means to explore personal identity, integration, and cultural displacement. Nguyen was born and raised in South Vietnam. He went to Vietnam National University of Art and Architecture for BFA in Fashion Design. Nguyen was an assistant fashion designer in Ho Chi Minh City before he moved to the U.S in 2010. Nguyen has relocated in Charlotte, North Carolina with his family where he earned a BFA degree in painting at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His works have been exhibited at Sejong Museum of Art, Czong Institue for Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea, LaGrange Art Museum, GA, Florida State University Museum of Fine Art, FL, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, TX, Capitol Hill Building, D.C., Katzen Art Center at the American University, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, CA. In 2016, Nguyen received an Excellence Asia Contemporary Young Artist Award from Sejong Museum of Art. He was also awarded Artist Residency Fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, Chicago, IL, The Hambidge Center, GA, Vermont Studio Center, VT, Gil Artist Residency, Akureyri, Iceland. Nguyen is the recipient of 2019 Charlotte Regional Artist Project Grant and 2019 The Denis Diderot AIR Grant, Château d’Orquevaux, Orquevaux, France. Nguyen is currently a full-time artist, guest lecturer who based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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