Rock Paper Salt

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Huntington Beach Art Center
© Courtesy of the Artist and Huntington Beach Art Center
© Courtesy of the Artist and Huntington Beach Art Center
Rock Paper Salt

538 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
July 10th, 2010 - September 4th, 2010
Opening: July 9th, 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

orange county
(714) 374-1650
Tue-Thu 12-8; Fri 12-6; Sat 12-5; Sun-Mon Closed
installation, sculpture
Gallery Admission is free through the generosity of the Huntington Beach Art Center Foundation.


WHAT: New Exhibition Opening in the Main Galleries:

Rock Paper Salt

Solo exhibition: Christine Nguyen

WHERE: Huntington Beach Art Center

538 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA  92648

WHEN: July 10 – September 4, 2010

RECEPTION: Friday, July 9, 7 to 9 p.m. Free.

ART FOR LUNCH: Tuesday, August 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

CATALOGUE SIGNING: Wednesday, August 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Huntington Beach Art Center is presenting an original curated exhibition opening in the main galleries, entitled, Rock Paper Salt. This contemporary solo exhibition will feature new works by Christine Nguyen, including a large scale photo based mural, an installation, new sculptural glass works, cyanotypes, and drawings.  Christine is a southern California based artist and the exhibition will feature works from 2009 through 2010, including several new works commissioned especially for Rock Paper Salt. The exhibition will be accompanied by a 24 page color catalogue with an original essay by John Souza.

Christine Nguyen’s work is influenced by the imagery of science and draws upon technologies from the 16th century to present. Her installation and sculptures using salt crystallization envision what the world would look like if the oceans dried up.

The artist Christine Nguyen was born in Mountain View, California and received her M.F.A. from the University of California-Irvine.  She currently resides in Glendale, California where she maintains her studio.  Nguyen has exhibited throughout the United States and most recently in China, Vietnam, and Germany.  Her works are in several private and public collections, including the following institutions in southern California, the Armand Hammer Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts, and the Los Angeles World Airport’s Collection.

Nguyen says about her work: “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. I have been developing a personal cosmology in which commonalities among species, forms, and environment become visible and expressive, suggesting past narratives and possible futures. The forms and environs in my work sometimes migrate into new pieces, establishing new systems. These systems imagine modes of transportation, communication, and regeneration. There are no waste materials in these worlds: vision is a renewable resource.”

The exhibition opens with a reception scheduled for Friday, July 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. The artist will be in attendance and the reception is free and open to the public.  The exhibition continues through September 4.

A special event entitled, Art for Lunch, is scheduled for Tuesday, August 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The public is invited to bring their lunch, a couple of friends and join the Huntington Beach Art Center staff to view the exhibition.  Beverages and desserts will be provided for free.

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