The Millitzer welcomes a conversation between the work of two artists that address questions of material expectation. Tuan Nguyen (b. 1972, Vietnam) and Steph Zimmerman (b. 1990, US) perform similar tasks of masking to different ends. Nguyen’s use of pigment, wood and gesso disguise any straightforward notion of process or product in the contexts of painting or sculpture. Zimmerman’s objects bear the mark of household fixtures, having apparent functionality, though their use remains quite unclear. With both practices, the presence of shelves, pedestals, walls and mark making provide all the ingredients for conventional understanding, but recognition has been upended by a process of othering materials and their formal applications.
Tuan Nguyen is a painter, sculptor and Director of Education at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. His artwork has been exhibited nationally in venues in Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Seattle, WA and St. Louis. Nguyen received his MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Born in Vietnam and raised in Rockledge, FL, Nguyen currently lives and works in St. Louis.
Steph Zimmerman is an artist living and working in St. Louis. She has a BFA in Digital Media and Photography from Washington University in St. Louis. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has attended residencies at The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, and Arteles Creative Center, Haukijärvi, Finland.