Trong Gia Nguyen

Works * CV * PDF portfolio

ViennaFair 2011

Trong Gia Nguyen is a New York based artist whose works contend with power relationships between viewer and art object. Traditionally this dynamic favored the viewer, who determines the criteria for assessing a work - how long to look at it, under what formal qualities, and so on. By manipulating the ‘looking act’ itself and inverting this gaze, Nguyen reclaims control.

Nguyen has exhibited internationally at exhibitions including Sequences 2008 (Iceland), 9th Havana Biennial (Cuba) and Performa 05 (New York) and has also curated prolifically.


Trong G. Nguyen, Library, 2007-
Candide by Voltaire, first chapter, NGU004
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Andersen
Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum, first chapeter (1150 words), NGU005
Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard by Stéphane Mallarmé
rice kernels, ink, gold paint, gold leaf, clear mylar, 13x9x0.5cm each


Trong G. Nguyen, Adieu Grandes Illusions, 2010-11
infinity mirror made from plexi and glass, neon el-wire, wood frame, diameter 76cm


Trong G. Nguyen, Artists Commercials, 2009
HD video, variable durations

Trong G. Nguyen, Orphic Rug, 2011
acrylic and oil paint, 176x85cm

Trong G. Nguyen, Oz Slippers, 2007
sequined slippers, Swarovski crystals, supermagnets, size 5.5, NGU002

Trong G. Nguyen, Collecci
Trong G. Nguyen, Colección Whitney, 2009
wood and metal, 150x173x57cm

Trong G. Nguyen, Vanity Gallery Trucker Hats, 2010
custom caps and hats, one size fits all, each unique

Trong G. Nguyen, Lady of the Lake
Trong G. Nguyen, LOL (Lady of the Lake), 2011
silicone, toy lightsaber, acrylic paint, 60cm tall

Trong G. Nguyen, Last Supper at CERN, 2009
raw canvas, wood table, turntables, vintage gospel records, acrylic paint, 760x91cm


Trong G. Nguyen, Neo-Theo (Possessed American Flag), 2004-10
reased cotton flag (various versions), audio loop of children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with the words 'under God' removed, framed photographs
flag dimensions 150x82cm

Trong G. Nguyen, Women's Room
Trong G. Nguyen, Women's Room, Serbian Prison Camp, 1992, 2005
sheared grass installation at Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York