Milan-based mc2gallery presented Nguyen’s work as an environment that challenges the traditional relationship between art and viewer. The immersive installation includes a saloon door silhouetting a lynching scene. Viewers enter through this macabre portal into a disjointed domestic space. The “interactive” sculptures disrupt the viewer’s sense of stability as the eye searches for meaning within all the displacement. “My work is concerned with structures of power as they relate to the process of looking at art. It’s a wrestling match in which the viewer can never win,” says Nguyen.
The multi-disciplinary artist lives between Brooklyn, New York and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Trong Gia Nguyen’s work has been exhibited internationally extensively. He has received grants and residencies from the Museum of Arts and Design (New York), the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Artist in Residence in the Everglades, Cannonball Miami, the Foundation of Contemporary Arts and others.
Nguyen’s installation was selected by a jury of leading art experts including Don Baciagalupi, Director, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art; Casey Fremont, Executive Director, Art Production Fund; Sarah Harrelson, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Cultured Magazine; and Deborah Willis, PhD., Chair, Department of Photography and Imaging, NYU Tisch School of the Art.
The nominees for the 2015 Miami Beach Prize included Scott Anderson (CES Gallery), Srijon Chowdhury (Klowden Mann), Richard Garrison (robert henry contemporary), Henry Hudson (TJ Boulting), Ronnie Hughes (Rubicon Projects), Christopher Kochs (Black & White Gallery), Nancy Lorenz (Morgan Lehman), Cristina Córdova (Ferrin Contemporary), Christian Maychack (Gregory Lind Gallery), Nino Mustica (Scaramouche), Helen O’Leary (Lesley Heller Workspace), Trong Gia Nguyen (mc2gallery), Mariu Palacios (Cecilia Gonzalez Arte Contemporaneo), Andrew Salgado (Beers Contemporary), Adam Straus (Nohra Haime Gallery), Grace Weaver (Thierry Goldberg Gallery), andWinter/Hörbelt (Galerie Heike Strelow).
Nguyen joins a list of notable past winners including, most recently, Miami-based Elisabeth Condon whose bold, colorful, mixed-media works were presented by Emerson Dorsch at PULSE New York 2015.
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