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Kenny Nguyen

United States

Painting, Acrylic on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric)

Size: 70 W x 60 H x 5 D in

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M y work explores the concept of cultural identity, integration, and displacement. My studio practice is influenced by Vietnamese cultural heritage and background in fashion design. I use silk, a cultural-rich material, as a metaphor for my personal identity. Silk has an important role in Vietnamese culture as well as the traditional art. After I’ve moved to the U.S, my research has shifted from traditional silk painting techniques to deconstruction and reconstruction of the textile itself. I used the material as a medium to paint and build a new structure for each installation. It's a repeated process of destroying and recreating. Cutting, tearing, beating, sanding. Sewing, weaving, attaching, layering. Silk has becomes the connector that tied both cultures together. My Silk Piece installations were constructed in the way garment would be made. I sculpted them based on an imagination body. Each fold and drape was secured temporarily with a push pin and constantly changed during the installation process. The forms are not permanent. When I reinstall the piece in a new space this process will be repeated but the result will never turn out the same. The transformation of silk from a delicate to sculptural material was reminiscent of my identity transformation. I see silk as my second skin, borrow it to reconstruct my own self and recapturing memories. The artwork will be rolled and ship in a heavy-duty plastic tube. It comes with a simple pins hanging system and a video instruction for the installation. You can watch the instruction via link below: https://vimeo.com/451240201

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Painting:Acrylic on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric)

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:70 W x 60 H x 5 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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