Julien Nguyen’s painting practice is at once referential and intensely personal, employing pre-16th century technique to subject matter that ranges from Renaissance architecture to artificial intelligence to the films of Kathryn Bigelow. Often populated by slender and chimeric bodies that oscillate between the historical and the speculative, Nguyen’s paintings pit familiar forms against one another to produce preternatural tableaus. In this exhibition, Nguyen furthers these inquiries with a new commission, his first significant moving image work.
Born in 1990, Nguen lives and works in Los Angeles. He completed his undergraduate degree at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, in 2012, and subsequently received his Meisterschulle from Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschul in Frankfurt in 2015). His work has been the subject of a solo exhibition at Kunstverein Munich, Munich, Germany (2014); and has been included in group exhibitions such as the 2017 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA (2017).