Artist: Tony Nguyen
Media: Metal, ceramics and wood
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Tony Nguyen is a fifth-year student currently pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts in metal at CalState Long Beach. He was originally a illustration major but he changed his focus to working with metals after some years, and has loved it since. There are fifth teen pieces in the exhibit that took over two years to design and make. In this exhibit, Neoteny means an organism or individual keeps their childish behavior even when they grow up into adulthood. That’s how he would describe this art exhibit, as well as himself.
Tony’s exhibit had a very industrialized feel to it, a lot of his art works were made out of metal and all the pieces all resembles a very similar pattern that connects all the pieces in the exhibit together. There were also a lot of pieces that had an animal-like image to it shaped in metals and wood. It was pretty interesting to see how each pieces were created in cohesion to each other.
Tony’s exhibit brings back the childhood when looking at his pieces. Most of the art pieces in Tony’s exhibit resembles something that we all remember in our childhood. By the front entrance of the exhibit, there is a gum ball machine to remind us our own childhoods and bring back our smiles.
The art pieces really brought me back to my childhood and it reminds us all that no matter how old we get, we can always become children again and be as foolish and innocent as we were. It really resonated with me because I think everybody’s so busy in school and work that always forget to just stop and relax. It’s really hard to just take a breather and remember what really made us happy when we were younger.