July 6, 2016 by: Natalie Fleming
El Museo will present a solo exhibition of MFA alumnus Tommy Nguyen’s new work, entitled TURBOGRAFX 16. The exhibition opens Friday, July 8th, with an artist talk and reception from 7-9 PM and will run until July 30th, ending with a film screening and interview from 5-7 PM.
Now living and working in New York City, Tommy returns to bring us TURBOGRAFX 16, a surreal (or perhaps hyperreal) installation piece, which borrows its name from the video game console released in 1989. Nguyen wants to take us back, away from our terminally broken present, from the madness of the 2000s, past the excesses and culture wars of the 90s, back to the beginning of the end of history….
“The world is melting and shaking, the forests are burning, there’s not enough water, and everyone is hungry, and it’s not just California this time; we’re all in this together. There’s too much music to listen to, too many family and friends to forget to call, too many countries we will never visit, too many things to like and hate. There is simply too much. But certainly, too much certainty.
Maybe it’s time for a refresh. Maybe a reboot if things weren’t quite working right. Let’s all come back together, bring with us all the things that simply were bad, wrong, or stupid, and fix it or throw it all away. Well, not everything was terrible. The dancing was fun. And the singing, dranking, and eating. Let’s do it together this time. With fifty percent more Beyoncé and probably a hundred percent less genocide. Let’s live younger, stronger, faster, smarter, brighter, more colorful, odder, queerer, and less certain.” – Tommy Nguyen, TURBOGRAFX 16