Offramp Gallery is pleased to present Thinh Nguyen: Composite-Trinity, from September 13 - October 11, 2015. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Sunday, September 13 from 2-5pm and a closing reception and artist's talk on Sunday October 11 from 2-5pm. The artist's talk will begin at 3pm. Thinh Nguyen: Composite -- Trinity is Nguyen's first solo exhibition at Offramp Gallery.
Thinh Nguyen: Composite-Trinity is an installation comprised of three chairs, the seats and backs of which are woven with strips of discarded paintings by other artists; three framed wall objects, also constructed from painting remnants; and floor mats made of hand-sewn hexagonal remnants.
Nguyen states: "Trinity is part of the Composite series, which are made of individual pieces as components of a whole composition. All the pieces are made from different artists' discarded paintings and found objects, representing an accumulation of individual identities to be hybrid and collective. The destruction of the paintings is a form of creation in reverse. It decontextualizes pictures by “abstracting” them from their original contexts and associations. This relationship between appropriation and abstraction is the renewal for the serialization of painting that transgresses genres."
Thinh Nguyen grew up in a rural village of central Vietnam that had neither electricity nor running water. He had no art supplies, so he would pick up sticks and tree branches to draw on the ground. He was discouraged from following his passion for art. Fortunately, at the age of 11, Nguyen immigrated with his family to California, which gave him an open environment to pursue an education in fine art. He received a BFA from Cal State Fullerton and later, an MFA from Claremont Graduate University. He is currently living and working as an artist in Los Angeles.