Lisa Nicoletti, 318-869-5261, or
Lynn Stewart, 318-869-5120
Phuong Nguyen Exhibit at Centenary's Turner Art Gallery,
Inspired by Mass Media, Set for Jan. 12 - Feb. 8
Rack-like structure houses paintings
SHREVEPORT, LA -- On Jan. 12 from 5-7 p.m., Washington artist Phuong
Nguyen will discuss his recent paintings inspired by mass media. Phuong
Nguyen documents in paint the fleeting images of mass media, exploring
the formal qualities that emerge when these images are arrested.
His exhibit will be on display at Centenary's Turner Art Gallery
through Feb. 8.
In his ongoing TV series, Nguyen reveals the hidden beauty of the television
signal, painting the surprising patterns created by interference. His paintings
also acknowledge both audience and environment through the depiction of
reflections found on the television screen. The physical structure of these
paintings directly evokes the curvature of the screen itself.
His new series of paintings, entitled "Catalog," also reflect his obsession
with recording and cataloging ephemeral imagery. It consists of 30 paintings
housed in a large rack-like structure that invites viewers to investigate
by pulling out individual paintings using the attached handles. The images
are of the debris fields created by airline accidents. The viewing method
makes the onlookers aware of their act of spectatorship, which becomes
much like "rubbernecking" on the highway.
Educated first at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas and later
at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Nguyen received his master of
fine arts degree in painting in 1995. As an assistant professor, he has
taught painting and drawing at Washington State University in Pullman since
1997. In addition to his individual work, he collaborates with artists
Emily Blair and Michelle Illuminato.
The Turner Art Gallery is located at 3000 Centenary Boulevard.
It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
For further information, call 318-869-5261.
The exhibition is supported by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts
Council, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development,
Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and the Shreveport Regional