Artist: Tony Nguyen
Gallery: Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Tony Nguyen is an undergraduate student at CSULB where he has been a student for five and half years. In the beginning, he wanted to major in drawing and painting but he realized how much work it was so he decided to go into metal where he knew that it was perfect for him. Tony’s goal is to become a professor after getting his doctorate in San Diego State where he plans on applying to later in the future.
His gallery contains 15 pieces that took him about two years and a half to complete. All of the pieces contained in the gallery are made up of metal where he emphasizes on the details that are put into each piece. A major display is the bubble gum machine that was filled with different colored lids. The fascinating pieces in his gallery is that many do not look like metal but it is in fact metal. A piece in his gallery was a garden that had look alike of weed. Each of his pieces signifies a specific person, place or thing while being used in different colors.
Tony’s gallery mostly represents stories and people of his childhood. He stated that he felt that he need his art to signify experiences or people in order for his art to tell a story and have a significance on people as well. In the interview, Tony really went into detail about the jewelry bridge. It symbolizes a bridge that his mother had to passed through in order to escape the Vietnam war. The bubble gum machine in his gallery demonstrates the past and our experiences as being a child while bringing back memories through his art.
I chose to interview Tony Nguyen because I liked what his goal was for his art and he knew what he wanted his audience to experience and feel. The bubble gum machine really caught my attention because I thought it was really creative and brought back memories that we have forgotten about our childhood. I think it is important for us to look back at times and think about our childhood and our memories as being a child and I think this gallery did it’s job.