Intertwined

2021
Silk, Fabric, Acrylic, Canvas
Mounted on Framed Canvas
55 x 72 in
139.7 x 182.9 cm

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$6,500.00

About the artwork

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. The pieces may be hung in different iterations: sculpturally on the wall with undulations or flat, stretched like a painting on bars or behind glass.

About the artist

Born in Vietnam, Kenny moved to the States in 2010. After art school, he spent his early career in fashion. Working with silk has ties for the artist not only to dressmaking and patterns but also to long-standing associations with the material through his culture. The idea of cutting a fabric revered for its symbol of wealth, its beauty and delicacy in clothing, and its century-long ties to trade and status in Asia was a breakthrough for Nguyen. By taking something from tradition and reconstructing it, he was maintaining an association with his past while also making it his own. The process is like the artist himself- a hybrid, blending cultures and ideas, bringing to light the idea of how identity is constantly changing or being reevaluated over time, creating beauty, authenticity, and versatility.

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