Modern Art are pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by Julien Nguyen. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition
with Modern Art.
The setting for Julien Nguyen’s new body of work is Biblical; each painting is composed through readymade scenes in which
archetypal characters pose in some of the most archetypical scriptural tableaux. Mary’s annunciation, or the flagellation,
baptism, and resurrection of Christ; these are some of the narrated events that seamlessly merge with an art-historical
framework of 15th century painting’s perspectival studies of figures in space. But despite the fact that scenes of Nguyen’s
paintings are often traceable to these canonical references, his subjects themselves are distinctively of their own time. The
relationship between these images and their objects is one of incarnation over iconography. Their spectators attentive, rather
than absorbed. Perhaps most distinctively, included in his subjects, are the faces of the artist’s own passions—social inhabitants
in a contemporary Los Angeles and loved ones playing God.
Julien Nguyen was born in 1990 in Washington DC, and he lives and works in Los Angeles. He completed his undergraduate
degree at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, (2012), and subsequently received his Meisterschulle from Staatliche
Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule, Frankfurt (2015). His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Freedman
Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2016); Neue Alte Bruecke, Frankfurt, Germany (2015); Svetlana, New York, NY, USA (2015); and
Kunstverein Munich, Munich, Germany (2014). His work has been included in group exhibitions such as the 2017 Whitney
Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA (2017); Parked like serious oysters, MMK, Frankfurt, Germany
(2015); and Lost Boys, Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland (2013).