AboutTrong G. Nguyen's Signature Series is an ongoing project that contends with issues of attribution, collaboration, authorship and collection. The series comprises found paintings each containing a signature on the recto. The artist alters the paintings by painting out the signature to create an image unbroken by the inscription, by âwhite-washing' the entire image leaving just the signature, or by painting a new image in the style of the same genre over the original, leaving the signature untouched. In Nguyen's installation for 7.9 Cubic Metres, a black UV light that switches every 30 seconds reveals the over-painting.
Beyond serving as a statement on iconoclasm and the âcult of the artist', the work examines a potential for anonymity, originality and validation. More importantly, the series critiques structures of ownership and proprietorship as works of art are purchased, consumed, displayed and perceived subjectively.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Trong G. Nguyen is an artist based in New York. He has exhibited internationally at exhibitions including Sequences 2008 (Iceland), 9th Havana Biennial (Cuba) and Performa 05 (New York) and has also curated prolifically.
7.9 Cubic Metres is an artist-initiated project by James Carrigan, curated by Eliza Tan.
Project details and directions: www.7point9cubicmetres.com