Name: Tony Nguyen
Media: Mixed media, jewelry, sculpture
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Tony is currently finishing up his his last semester here at CSULB. After a long five and a half years here, he’ll finish up his undergraduate career. Tony originally began his art works through drawing and painting. It wasn’t until a teach of his told him that his works in that media needed more effort although Tony didn’t want to. That’s when he got into illustration and he’ll now be receiving his BFA in the Metals and Sculpture program.
The exhibition had various pieces, 15 to be exact, His works are very family oriented, A lot of the pieces are a representation of his family from Vietnam and that’s very respectable because it shows and experience. It tells a story, a great one at that and it should be heard by as many people as his works touch.
The name of his exhibition represents some of his work, most of it. Neoteny. His works seem to have a component of the works of child in certain aspects. I find that really creative. It evokes memories of when you were a kid, good and bad. Through a lot of his figurines, Tony was able to create alternate versions of him, each evoking a different personality.
Tony’s work is relatable. A lot of are probably a child at heart. The figurines were one of the most interesting things because we are all different at certain points of our lives. We sure put up different personalities depending on the way that we’re feeling. His work was different that what I’ve seen before, and his along with the others were just as powerful.. The more and more I do these posts, the more I realize that art works have massive impact through different forms of media.