Artist: Tony Nguyen
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
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Tony Nguyen is an undergraduate student at CSULB. He is a metals major. Tony started as a drawing and painting major. He did not really like to draw so he switched to illustration. However, after taking a metals class, he decided to be a metals major. He chose to be an art major because his dad is a handyman and Tony liked to do things with his hands. No one else in his family is artistic. Besides art, Tony likes to play with Legos, spend time with family, reading, and writing detective novels. He likes to find something new to enjoy everyday. Tony wants to be a jeweler after he is finished with school.
Neoteny includes pieces made of several different types of metals. Some are silver in color and some are bronze. Many of the pieces are jewelry; there are necklaces and rings. Some other pieces are metal figures and other types of metal accessories.
Many of the pieces in the exhibit have east Asian influences. One piece of jewelry was inspired by Japanese Samurai. A few other pieces are inspired by the Chinese legend of the Monkey King. The pieces were an arm band and a crown.
I enjoyed Neonteny because it was something that I have not seen before. I thought it was interesting in how jewelry could be made to be artistic. I was also fascinated by the process to make a metal piece. I thought the process was very long and difficult to do. I liked how some of the pieces had east Asian influences. I especially liked the pieces that were inspired by the Chinese Monkey King legend. It reminded me of when I lived in China and how I really liked to watch the live action TV show about the Monkey King.