Artist: Tony Nguyen
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine
About the Artist
Tony Nguyen is a Super Senior who is in his last semester at CSULB. He will be getting his BFA in Metal Smithing. Tony wants to eventually get his Masters in hopes of one day becoming a professor. For Tony’s art he likes to make functional pieces such as the gauntlet which can be worn. He also likes to have a narrative behind his pieces so that they have a story and all have a specific meaning and memory to him.
All the pieces in this exhibit have a different form to them but the one thing they all have in common in metal work. They are all made into their formations from Tony altering the shape of the different metals to make them in to his vision for each piece. Tony even altered the color to some of the metals by acid washing them so that they could give off the appearance of not being metal.
The most moving piece in Tony’s whole exhibit is one that most people wouldn’t think of being the most emotional piece. This piece is the bridge necklace. The reason this bridge necklace is so emotionally moving is because of the story behind it. The largest bridge represents Tony’s parents and the four smaller bridges represent Tony and his three other siblings. Each of the four smaller bridges has a number on it representing the oldest to the youngest sibling. And all of the bridges have toe prints from each of his family members on it. Tony shared with a group of us that this brought his mother to tears when she found out the true meaning behind the art and it finally clicked with her why her son wanted to pursue art.
This exhibit was absolutely one of the best I have been to and Tony is a very interesting individual who makes his exhibit fun. I really liked the fact that he took us around and told us the story behind each of the pieces and it just showed how much of a passion he has for his craft which made the whole experience incredible.