Vermillion Gallery, Seattle , July 2009

Viral fame. Digital personas. Social networking obsessions. What we choose to see, what we choose to show and the universal human need for validation. This man’s personal quest for recognition and esteem. I’m Troy Gua. Do you see me?

Read Sharon Arnold's review on dimensionsvariable.org

"On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog, but if you bark, beg, drool and growl, people figure it out. Once acquired, can that identity be shed?

Troy Gua is interested in character that can be assumed, rejected, fictionalized, asserted and deleted online on social networks, blogs, fan sites and chat rooms. What part can be claimed as easily as picking somebody else's coat from a cloakroom, and what is hardwired as a fingerprint?"

-Regina Hackett, from Another Bouncing Ball, artsjournal.com

Self-portrait (pre-upload)
acrylic on panel, 24x24

 
 

25 Random Things
25 individual pieces of enamel coated underwear, vinyl lettering, bookbinding board, and acrylic box frames. 11x14x1 each.

25 Random Things
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25 Random Things
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25 Random Things
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Do You See Me?
digital transparencies, enamel, and resin on wood panel, 48x48x1"

Do You See Catherine?
digital transparencies, enamel, and resin on wood panel, 48x48x1

 
 

Do You See Joey?
digital transparencies, enamel, and resin on wood panel, 48x48x1

Do You See Barbara?
digital transparencies, enamel, and resin on wood panel, 48x48x1

Do You See Greg?
digital transparencies, enamel, and resin on wood panel, 48x48x1

Do You See Diana?
digital transparencies, enamel, and resin on wood panel, 48x48x1

Your Face Here
installation view

Your Face Here
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Your Face Here
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Your Face Here (After Shepard Fairey)
digitally altered appropriation on photo paper, hand-cut inkjet on photo paper, and resin on MDF panel, 20x24x1"

Your Face Here (After Shepard Fairey)
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Your Face Here (After Shepard Fairey)
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Labels
 

Labels
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Labels
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Labels
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Labels
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Of Course I Remember You (Fingers Crossed Behind Back)
acrylic on 171 individual 6 x 9" panels

 
 

 
 

Of Course I Remember You (Fingers Crossed Behind Back)
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