A public garden & cultural center

Tommy Nguyen

Winter Workspace 2017

Pictured above:
Turbografx 26, 2016
Mixed media performance
Courtesy of the artist


Tommy Nguyen creates wearable, interactive body forms that reference Baroque music, hip hop, religious ceremonies, anime characters and the subverting of bodily forms. Nguyen’s mediums and process involves interactive installations that serve as performative spaces to evoke a shared sense of humanity and experimentation. These functional, wearable sculptures in his PLUSH and TURBOGRAFX series inhabit pop culture while obscuring gender representation via the queering of color aesthetics. These adorned bodily sculptures empower the performer to disengage from social constructions and engage with one another. At Wave Hill, Nguyen will create his “I AM PLANT, I NEED WATER AND SUNSHINE” wearable series based on Wave Hill’s horticultural plants and grounds.

Tommy Nguyen was born in California and raised in Houston, TX. He graduated with a MFA and BA in Studio from SUNY at Buffalo in 2010. Nguyen has participated in several exhibitions and residencies nationally at El Museo del Barrio; Flux Factory; Whitebox Art Center; Niagara Art Centre; Buffalo, NY; and internationally in Paris, France; University of Warsaw Gallery, Poland and NES Artist Residency Listamod, Skagastrond, Iceland. Nguyen is currently the MFA Studio Manager at Pace University.

Tommy Nguyen will be present for Drop-In Studio Sundays from 1-3pm on February 26 and March 5. 

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.