FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HAN NGUYEN: NEW WORK
November 11 December 24, 2004
Opening Cocktail Reception To Be Held on Thursday, November 11th, 7 9pm
Stephen Cohen Gallery, Inc.
7358 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. 90036
Contact, Beverly Feldman
Tel, 323.937.5525, Fax, 323.937.5523
Web site, <http://www.stephencohengallery.com>
Hours, Tuesday Saturday, 11am-5pm
Han Nguyen: New Work, a new exhibition to be held at the Stephen Cohen Gallery November 11 December 24, will highlight the sensuous exploration of self and body, as captured by this world renowned, San Diego-based artist. The show, which will commence with an opening reception on November 11th from 7 9PM, will feature self-portraits of Nguyen taken with a pinhole camera, printed in an elegant circular soft focus format; and images of bodies reconfigured into collages that promise to lead the audience to interpretations of humor, sensuality and disconcert.
Born in Hue, Vietnam in 1956, Nguyen immigrated to the United States in 1975 and settled in San Diego, California where he currently lives and works. Largely self-taught, his creativity takes place primarily in a studio where he utilizes parts of his body, including his arms, legs and torso, to deliver large-scale, transcendent photographs filled with emotion. The artists gaze, when turned upon himself, in its specificity becomes a universal gaze encompassing past, present and future.
Nguyen has always referenced his body; it being the one durable always present thing in his life; thus he is never without a starting point, inspiration, and a deep understanding of the thing he is acquainted with the best. This new exhibition is a continuation of earlier explorations of the body, another step down a path that is a sensuous investigation into being and existence, classless, without country unencumbered by language and culture.
His photographs are featured in the collections of the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California, Sheldon Memorial Gallery at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Key Corporation Art Collection and the Nash Edition Collection, as well as several private Collections.
The Stephen Cohen Gallery is located at 7358 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, California and is open Tuesday Saturday from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.