Tran Nguyen print release of ‘And Our World Came Tumbling’

Tran Nguyen 'And Our World Came Tumbling' limited edition print / published by Thinkspace

Tran Nguyen
‘And Our World Came Tumbling After’
Edition of 40 Giclee Prints (+ 3 APs / 1 printer’s proof – note: AP’s not for sale)
13×17” on Museo Portfolio Rag paper / printed with Epson HDR ink
Hand-signed and numbered by the artist
$70 each (plus tax / s&h if out of LA county)

Order your print here:

We wanted to take a second to also congratulate Tran on having her work featured in the recently published Spectrum 17 edition. Her piece ‘Our Flutter-Some Ordeal’ that showed with us during Beyond Eden 2009 is featured on a full-page.

Look for Tran’s first major solo exhibition coming up this July at Thinkspace in our main gallery space in Culver City. More details announced soon.

Keep up with Tran via her blog here:

‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Tran Nguyen – Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Show (Sat, Nov. 6th)

Tran Nguyen 'As We Procure A Hazy Memory' - Acrylic and graphite on Rives BFK paper

This November Thinkspace will celebrate our 5 Year Anniversary. To help celebrate we’ve put together a group show we can’t wait for everyone to see this coming November.

’5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Tran Nguyen

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
– “As We Procure a Hazy Memory” focuses on the occasions in which we try to remind ourselves of a certain memory buried too deep to distinguish vividly. Instead, the memory is hazy, dim, and mysterious with little definition. This act is universal to us and no matter how hard we may try, procuring memories this deep can never be fully retrieved. Thus, continues to wander in our minds and on the “tip of our tongues.”

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
– Crazy, I graduated from high school in ’05, living the careless life of a teen.

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
– My Escoda brush, computer, a pillow, art/reference books, and some company every now and then.

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
– Out of debt, haha.

What have you got coming up in 2011?
– For the main entree, I have a huge solo coming up (at Thinkspace July ’11), and for the side dishes, some spectacular group shows.

Artist website:

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’
Group exhibition showcasing 48 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 6th, 2010 7-10PM
On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City /

An interview with Tran Nguyen

An interview with Tran Nguyen

Tran’s statement on her latest series of works for ‘Nurturing The Uneased Soul’:
Human distress and weariness of the soul are prevalent illnesses we’ve all encountered in our existence. It is ubiquitous to say that life is hard and it’s even harder to relieve ourselves of this chronic disquiet. It is my hope that the milieus portrayed in Nurturing the Uneased Soul pay homage to those who are facing everyday-life difficulties – you, your family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, or even strangers.

The visual metaphors that are depicted in my paintings capture our emotional turmoil. They embody someone that we can contemplate with, something that reorganizes our cluttered mind. It’s somewhere that nurses the unattended thoughts we’ve tucked away, deep inside our psyche. My imageries serve as a reservoir for the mind to collect itself, replenish itself, and resolve itself from its emotive tension. My hopes are that once the viewer has plunged into my oeuvre, they are able to emerge from the pilgrimage with a new, untarnished mindset. With whatever existent hardship you may be enduring, I deeply hope it can help nurture your exasperated soul.

For more, check out the following interview I just conducted with Tran last week…

Please talk a lil’ bit about the general concept behind your new series of works for “Nurturing The Uneased Soul”.
The new series of work furthers my exploration into therapeutic imagery. Each painting depicts a particular milieu of apprehension that conveys many of the prevalent distresses we frequently come across in life. Uneasiness such as ridding ourselves of wayward thinking or living a burdensome life can be abrasive to our soul, but these heavyhearted situations are what makes life even more precious. The adversity we deal with day to day are conducive to meaningful living. Thus, the intent of Nurturing the Uneased Soul is to act as a buffer or, as some have described it, “a squishy mattress” in overcoming these hardships.

'And Our World Came Tumbling After'

Do you use much photo reference or pretty much just rely upon your imagination?
Half and half — it’s used when needed. When I want a “real” feel to my figures, I’ll rely on photo references to capture those humanly imperfections or natural postures. I do try to limit myself from relying on them too much or else my surreal illustrations would end up overly “realistic.” So when I want to diverge from this tendency, I’ll let my imagination/artistic intuition resolve the rest of the painting.

Your work is filled with visual metaphors, please elaborate a bit if you can. Any significance to the recurring diamond pattern present in much of your work?
You’ve probably noticed that trees, birds, and other ornamental forms frequently reoccur in many of my paintings. I use the motifs to help embed the content’s general tone. Shapes such as the iridescent gold diamonds are not only used for aesthetic purposes but also to convey the duality of the complex emotions — the strenuous as well as triumphal aspect of confronting a tribulation. The haphazard of patterns also help create an ambiguous void for the figures to be cast into which furthers the surreal essence of my paintings.

'And She Said To Him'

What was the driving force in your life that led you to this particular direction in your narrative content?
Thus far, I’ve been fortunate enough to have had an easy life but I can’t say the same for others. I’ve witnessed many people that’s had their share of hardship, particularly my mom. I can’t help but feel compassionate to those whose life deviates from what they had hope for. I’ve always been interested in the welfare of others but didn’t necessarily know how to apply it to my career. Then, I came across Bruce Moon’s Art and Soul: Reflections of an Artistic Psychology, and his writings guided and synthesized my endeavors in a more concrete way.

What/who do you consider your biggest overall influence?
The people (and their situations) I cross paths with act as my muse. Their tense emotions and tribulations inspire me to compassionately illustrate these ineffable human conditions.

'Parting From Your Wayward Heart'

What’s your favorite thing about living in Georgia? What do you miss most about home?
Besides the fact that my family and friends are here, Georgia has a moderately paced lifestyle. Where I’m from, there’s a lot of the countryside and a little of the city side, which has been pleasant to be raised in. I live about five minutes from a vast corn field and the feeling I get from driving by it is overwhelmingly profound and unexplainable. Though it’s inevitable that I’ll venture to other places for work and personal reasons, in the end, I know I’ll come back home. It’s true what they say — “home is where the heart is.”

If you had an unlimited budget and time was not an issue, what grand artistic vision would you look to bring to life?
I’d open a public art studio that offers a variety of free workshops for people who like to draw, paint, print-make, sculpt, etc. In another section of the studio would be an open exhibit filled with a collection of art created by therapy patients — a kind of art that requires us to close our eyes and open our heart and soul.

What have you got coming up in terms of shows after your solo show with us?
I have some group shows that I’ll be participating in and an awesome collab show next year with a fellow artist. For now, I’m just taking it easy.

'The Color Of A Colorless Soul'

Tran Nguyen ‘Nurturing the Uneased Soul’ (in our project room)

Exhibition run dates: March 12th – April 2nd, 2010

Check out the works from ‘Nurturing The Uneased Soul’ here:

* This will be the last show at our Silver Lake location. We will relocate to Culver City this April.

4210 Santa Monica Blvd. in Silver Lake area of Los Angeles (near the Sunset Junction)

Tran Nguyen digital preview ready…

Tran Nguyen - "And Our World Came Tumbling After" - 12x16"

Tran Nguyen ‘Nurturing the Uneased Soul’ (in our project room)

Exhibition run dates: March 12th – April 2nd, 2010

Opening Reception: Fri, March12th 7-11PM

So excited to share this with everyone… Tran’s preview is now ready:

Please shoot me any questions or requests to and I will get right back to you.

Note: all works are framed with a 2″ white matte with archival backing in a clean white beveled frame with standard glass.

Look for an interview with Tran to be posted here in the coming days.

* This will be the last show at our Silver Lake location. We will relocate to Culver City this April.

4210 Santa Monica Blvd. in Silver Lake area of Los Angeles (near the Sunset Junction)

‘Back Talk’ feature with Tran Nguyen @ Juxtapoz…

Juxtapoz just posted their new ‘Back Talk’ interview segment with Tran Nguyen here. Tran is quite the character and it really comes out in this fun set of questions.
If you haven’t checked out the interview I did with Tran yet, you can check it out here.

Check out Tran’s blog here.

Artist website:

View the work from ‘Portraits of the Unknown’:

Currently on view through July 3rd

4210 Santa Monica Blvd. (near Sunset Junction) in Los Angeles

Opening night pics from Sarah Joncas, Kelly Vivanco & Tran Nguyen openings at Thinkspace…

(l-r) Kelly Vivanco, L. Croskey (Thinkspace), Shawn Vezinaw Hosner (Thinkspace), Andrew Hosner (Thinkspace), Sarah Joncas, and Ann Kornuta (Sarah’s friend)

Check out a great video of the installation process for Sarah’s show as well as the opening night festivities shot and edited together by Sarah’s friend Ann Kornuta. Thanks Ann!!!

All shows are on view through July 2nd @ thinkspace

View a full set of pics from the opening night here. Thank you to all that came out to show support!!!

TONIGHT @ Thinkspace…

Thinkspace is proud to present, Beneath the Seams, the debut solo exhibition from Canadian artist Sarah Joncas. Her debut solo exhibition features 18 new works including oil on canvas and graphite on paper, as well as a very special installation in our front entry area, and marks her largest body of work to date both in size and scale. Next level in every regards, as Sarah has knocked the new works out of the park in our opinion.

Opening in conjunction with Joncas’ show is an exhibition from San Diego based artist Kelly Vivanco. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles and will be showcased in our project room. She has just done an amazing job and it’s been awesome to watch Kelly grow with us over the past few years.

Alongside Vivanco’s work in the project room we will also feature new works from Vietnamese artist Tran Nguyen as part of our ‘Fresh Faces’ series. This is Tran’s first showing with our gallery and we look forward to many great things to come from this young artist.

All shows are on view June 12th – July 3rd

Opening Reception TONIGHT – Fri, June 12th from 7-11PM
Thinkspace – 4210 Santa Monica Blvd in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles

Both Sarah and Kelly are in town for the opening, so please help us welcome both to LA!!!

Sarah JoncasBeneath The Seams PREVIEW:

Kelly VivancoThe Conservatory PREVIEW:

Tran NguyenPortraits of the Unknown PREVIEW:

If you are interested in any of the works, please get in touch via email at

Arrested Motion posted a lil’ preview of the show as well here.

As did Dailydujour over here and Juxtapoz over here.

Look for opening night action to be posted here this weekend. Interviews with each have been posted here over the past week, so please be sure to look for those and check ’em out.

Hope to see some of you tonight!