Where I'll Be
Troy Gua was born and raised in Seattle. He grew up with Ronald McDonald and Ronald Reagan, King Tut and the King of Pop: images and icons that have been burned into his subconscious. Media culture has shaped his life, and is a vital component of his creative process. Gua produces Pop-infused conceptual work in a wide range of media, marrying commerciality to contemporary with a glossy design aesthetic and a keen wit.
His subject matter addresses contemporary culture and the ways in which media, iconography, identity, cultural self-critique, and the universal human need for recognition play parts within it. Gua’s methods of fabrication are as eclectic as the results, and his media of choice is whatever best serves the piece, whether it be paint, print, plaster, photography, cast resin, found object, sculptural intervention, video, etc.
Encouraging closer investigation, Gua’s work is reflective, often both literally and metaphorically. It implies the reflection of our culture and his love/hate fascination with it. It suggests the slickly wrapped bits of information our society is continuously fed through our ever-growing assemblage of media. It references what we choose to see, and what we choose to show. Gua is both drawn to and repelled by our contemporary culture. That ambiguity is reflected in the work he makes. Is it exalting or condemning its subject matter? Can it do both simultaneously?