Christine Nguyen at Michael Kohn
Post #1143 • March 18, 2008, 9:20 AM • 42 Comments
Los Angeles - Christine Nguyen draws in opaque media on acetate and exposes photographic paper under the drawings, producing a melange of spacey and undersea references via an automatic-surrealist technique. By crossing Odilon Redon, Joan Miro, and Jacques Cousteau, with a few glow sticks thrown in for contemporaniety, she produces enticing, quasi-scientific images with lovely nacreous passages. In aggregate, though, they lose effectiveness, and they aggregate in a hurry because she has presented them at Kohn Gallery on matrices of Sintra arranged upwards to fourteen feet wide. I believe that the artist is trying to load too much onto the style, which has a high desnisty of eye candy - and I like eye candy - but it skirts too close to Tesla coils and microphotography to transcend such references. The back office at Kohn has four John McLaughlins up, and returning into the main space after taking in their hale simplicity further made Nguyen's special effects seem effortful.