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The Optimist No.2, 2022
hand-cut silk, acrylic, canvas
72" H x 55" W
Signed: signed on the back

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Description
Description
My work explores the concept of cultural identity, integration, and displacement. My studio practice is influenced by Vietnamese cultural heritage and background in fashion design. I use silk, a cultural-rich material, as a metaphor for my personal identity. Silk has an important role in Vietnamese culture as well as the traditional art. After I’ve moved to the U.S, my research has shifted from traditional silk painting techniques to deconstruction and reconstruction of the textile itself. I used the material as a medium to paint and build a new structure for each installation. It's a repeated process of destroying and recreating. Cutting, tearing, beating, sanding. Sewing, weaving, attaching, layering. Silk has becomes the connector that tied both cultures together. My Silk Piece installations were constructed in the way garment would be made. I sculpted them based on an imagination body. Each fold and drape was secured temporarily with a push pin and constantly changed during the installation process. The forms are not permanent. When I reinstall the piece in a new space this process will be repeated but the result will never turn out the same. The transformation of silk from a delicate to sculptural material was reminiscent of my identity transformation. I see silk as my second skin, borrow it to reconstruct my own self and recapturing memories. The artwork will be rolled and ship in a heavy-duty plastic tube. The artwork can be farmed or mounted flat. It also comes with a simple pins hanging system and a video instruction for the sculptural installation. You can watch the instruction via link below: https://vimeo.com/451240201 Or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrU7GU5uX9U
Additional Information
Additional Information

Artist: Kenny Nguyen

Type: Painting

Medium: Acrylic

Material: on Canvas

Price category: $5,000 to $10,000

Size category: Extra Large (over 60”)

Orientation: Vertical

Colors: Silver, White

Shipping and Returns
Shipping and Returns

Shipping: $500 - Domestic, $1,000 - International

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Estimated arrival: Oct 4 - 11

Returns: Returns are accepted if shipped within 7 days of being received by the client. Art buyer is responsible for return shipping expenses unless the artwork is materially different than presented on this page. If you believe this is the case, please contact Sugarlift to help resolve the issue.


Kenny Nguyen

Kenny Nguyen

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Kenny Nguyen creates what he calls “deconstructed paintings”, large, bold works that are comprised of hundreds of silk strips, which he cuts, paints, and meticulously applies onto canvas.…