March 19 – May 1, 2015 The Eastern Star Gallery at Archer is proud to present The Invisible Multiverse, an exhibition of original work by Los Angeles-based visual artist Christine Nguyen.
The exhibition was conceived, planned, and executed entirely by students as part of Archer’s distinctive Gallery Management program.
“Nguyen’s work explores the relationships between seen and unseen worlds,” said student curator Logan Connors. “Her use of layers is exquisite and appealing to the eye.”
“My work draws upon the imagery of science, but it is not limited to technologies of the present,” said Nguyen. “It imagines that the depths of the ocean reach into outer space, that through an organic prism, vision can fluctuate between the micro- and macroscopic.” Nguyen said she is drawn to the work of 19th century naturalists like Ernst Haeckel, John Muir, Anna Atkins, as well as astronomer William Herschel and plant anatomist and physiologist Nehemiah Grew.
Nguyen will be creating a new multi-panel drawing on Mylar for The Invisible Multiverse exhibition. “Drawings of caves can be from underground, underwater, or even in a distant planet or star is depicted,” said Nguyen of the exhibition pieces. “It fluctuates between the micro and macro worlds with elements of different planes of realities converging in this panorama fantastical world,” she said.
Cyanotypes on unprocessed photographic paper of seaweeds, made from collected seaweeds and plants from the Pacific Ocean, and drawings from Nguyen’s rock, mineral and crystal collection will also be exhibited. Nguyen received her B.F.A. from California State University, Long Beach and M.F.A. from University of California, Irvine. Solo exhibitions of her work have been featured at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, CA; Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, St. Augustine, FL; and 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong. Group exhibitions featuring Nguyen’s work have been presented at Laguna Beach Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Pasadena Museum of California, Art, Pasadena, CA; LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York; Churner and Churner, New York; San Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Dancing Elephants Project, Bogota, Columbia; Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany; and Sprueth Magers Projekte, Munich, Germany.