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Artist's Reception: Han Nguyen at Joseph Bellows Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 10, 2014
Updated: Monday, January 20, 2014

ImageTracing Shadows

Exhibition Dates: January 11 - March 1, 2014

Opening Reception with the Artist:
Saturday, January 11
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Tracing Shadow #29, 2010 unique photogram on gelatin silver paper, Courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery

Vietnamese-born artist Han Nguyen moved to the United States in 1975, and it was in California that he discovered his love for photography. Nguyen's work is delicate, elegant, and minimal, and has exhibited in numerous solo and traveling group exhibitions, most notably Picturing Eden organized by the George Eastman House, and Beyond Boundaries: Contemporary Photography in California, organized by the Friends of Photography. This exhibition marks his third with the Joseph Bellows Gallery, and again we find Nguyen employing simplistic methods and modest means of production to elevate seemingly mundane forms.

For Tracing Shadows Bellows presents Nguyen's work in groupings, grids, and a few select large-scale prints. The selection is drawn from new work that, in keeping with earlier series, is both tangible and out of reach. Photograms reveal only the trace of things; the image is made by the shadow of form. There is a sense of transference and mark-making of this kind is both deliberate and illusive. As uniques the works are object-like, and while they validate the referent they also allow it to transcend its own form. Nguyen's practice relates to the work of Fox Talbot and Blossfeldt, but still manages to speak to the present. We may find ourselves remembering the fleeting nature of our own existence and seeking out our own shadow for proof.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Joseph Bellows Gallery

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