Week 10-Artist Conversation- Tony Nguyen

Artist: Tony Nguyen

Exhibition: Neoteny

Media: Metal

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Tony Nguyen is a CSULB Undergraduate who is making his way to a BFA in the School of Arts. He enjoys working with metal and is the son of two Vietnam immigrants. His main influence for his works were his parents and their past. He had originally planned on majoring in Painting and Drawing, then Illustration, before realizing he wanted to work with metal. He was also a Soar mentor at one point.

Formal Analysis

The exhibition Neoteny,  focused on the metal working of the artist Tony Nuyen, most of the pieces were like sharp metal toys.The exhibition consisted of “15” pieces. I say 15, because there were about three that actually consisted of more than one piece. They were each labeled by a small metal plate.  At the entrance of the exhibit there was the artist statement, a small mailbox with a cute statement on it. There was also a piece of paper so that viewers could leave the artist a note.

 Content analysis

The exhibit was bright and cheerful. It was nostalgic in the sense that it was supposed to resemble child items, the coin machine titled “Vending Machine Peddling Happiness”, who doesn’t recall asking their parents for a coin so that they could receive a toy, talk about instant happiness! The feathered golden piece called “A Crown Fit for a Monkey” and “The Black Hand”reminded me of dressing up as a young girl . Even the fact that the artist made a list challenging his audience to find the pieces. The artist statement, explained what Neoteny meant and I immediately connected with the word.


Let me start off with stating that, I simply adore this whole exhibition. The artist was nice, and we spoke about many subjects and topics.I also had a mini photoshoot with the artist himself.

Mini Photoshoot!!! The artist was wearing/holding his “A Crown fit for a Monkey”


Tony Nguyen, indeed had child-like mannerisms, while still keeping a professional composure. It was also nice to hear the story behind his “Family Bridge”.  (I hope I don’t mess this up) The story goes that before his mother came to the U.S. she had to cross a bridge with some family members during World War II ( I believe… sorry if I got this wrong Tony), not even a few minutes passed and the bridge was bombed. The two sets of prints at the bottom of the necklace represent his parents and the bridge above them represents their journey and where it has led them. That bridge diverged into four sets of footprints with four different bridges, each one representing the artist, his three siblings and the bridges they have taken to get to where they are. The artist then lifted the piece up and revealed that beneath the were the initials of each member of his immediate family.



Fragile Mailbox,

Will Emotionally Break

Down If It Feels It Is Not

Doing Its Job Well


Give It Plenty Of