Tran Nguyen New Interview for New Works

Thinkspace Artists Tran Nguyen Erik Jones Alex Yanes

Tran not only creates beautiful work, she is equally stunning inside and out. This is the last  weekend (well today really, Saturday March 15) to see the “New Works” show at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City. NY artist Erik Jones and GA artist Tran Nguyen are showing in the main room, while Miami artist Alex Yanes takes over the project room. My favorite show of the year; there is a stunning balance of composition, beauty, and colorful fun through out the gallery. Erik Jones work connects Tran’s soft and ethereal pieces to Alex’s bold and chunky installation, although in separate rooms the entire gallery feels like a cohesive curated piece.

Here is a quick interview I did with Tran about the show, make sure to check it our before it comes down on March 22, 2014.

Tran Nguyen New Works

MAOI:  How would one phonetically pronounce your name? Or would you like to give MAOI readers a special way/nickname to address you with?
TN: My first name is pronounced “tron” like the movie and my family name is “wen”.  In summation, “tron wen”.
MAOI: How do you take your coffee or tea? 
TN: I recently made the transition from coffee to tea for health reasons.  I like it simple with no additives and blazing Godzilla hot.
MAOI: Did you have a “F**k yeah, that’s amazing” moment while creating this series? (modesty is over-rated)
TN: Yes — when I was creating “Living In a Forgotten Fissure I”.
MAOI: What was playing in the background while you were creating this recent body of work; music, Netflix, other?
TN: Ted Talks, The Amazing Race, artist podcasts, and a lot of music.
MAOI: What do you really like or admire about the work of the other artists your showing with at Thinkspace Saturday March 1, 2014. 
TN: Erik’s and Alex’s works are incredible on their own, but I find it amazing how we all complement each other so well, with each bringing their own creative innovation.  Erik’s is colorful like Alex’s while my work is figurative like Erik’s, and so on.

The Season of Spring at Flower Pepper Gallery Opening 3/1/2014

season of spring

 I’ll say it, I’m incredibly jealous of Daniel Rolnik. An adorable art critic, print production owner, traveling art aficionado, writer, and now curator. In September of 2012 I put down my curatorial hat, as I was having a hard time juggling a full time job and curating. And after being honest with myself, knew I wanted to focus more on writing than curating. *Sadly even that hasn’t been as frequent as I would like. So the fact Daniel now has a 300 piece show under his belt at Flower Pepper Gallery, I’m a gorgeous shade of jade.

I won’t be able to attend the show, not because I can’t be thrilled for someone’s success. Daniel knows I’m envious of him in a friendly way. But I’ll be at Thinkspace for their “New Works” show. But I’ll be sure to stop by during its run March 1, 2014 – April 4, 2014.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces from The Season of Spring!

nicole brukman

Nicole Bruckman

graham curranGraham Curran

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Liz McGrath

Elizabeth McGrath

details about the show after the jump…

* I did finish writing a book in 2013, so hey now.

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