Christine Nguyen: Lightness Within the Cosmic Universe
February 13, 2021 - March 20, 2021
David B. Smith Gallery is pleased to welcome Long Beach, CA and Denver, CO-based artist Christine Nguyen for her introductory solo exhibition with the gallery, Lightness Within the Cosmic Universe. Featuring photo-based collage and photo-process paintings, artist Christine Nguyen ruminates on the connection between nature and the individual. Nguyen’s multivalent practice is deeply informed by the natural world, and the micro and macro processes constantly occurring all around and within each of us.
Presented in the gallery’s project room, many of Nguyen’s atmospheric cyanotype compositions record the ghostly outlines of natural materials such as dirt, rocks, and local plants she collects. In works such as Comet NeoWise, Nguyen blends disparate artistic techniques, wherein she scans and inverts graphite and watercolor paintings with traditionally photographic processes, resulting in kaleidoscopic, colorful, split, and mirrored photo prints on rag paper.
Onto these works a proprietary saline solution is applied, resulting in unpredictable salt crystal formations that further add a sense of natural intervention, providing a unique crystalline signature. Manifesting in a variety of experimental photographic processes and finished with glittering salt formations, Christine Nguyen’s personal explorations into nature’s mysterious forms and structures beautifully mirror thought patterns and internal landscapes. In Lightness Within the Cosmic Universe, Nguyen invites viewers to pause and reflect on the tiniest details of our physical surroundings, as they may offer quiet insight to questions of the grandest scale.