Troy Gua

Designer / Artist



October 25 | 5:00 | 120 minutes | Revolvr Menswear

Panel: Art asks. Design answers.

October 26 | 10:30 | 90 Minutes | DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Mt Bachelor Room

What is the role of art and design in our culture? How do these creative disciplines inform our understanding of the world? How do they change the world? When is something art and when is it design?

Please join artists and designers Heather Crank, Kiel Fletcher, and Bill Hoppe, and moderator, Troy Gua, contemporary artist and designer from Seattle, for a lively conversation on the intersection of art and design.


Heather Crank/Crahmanti: Visual artist and designer
Kiel Fletcher/OSU-Cascades: Artist, designer and educator
Bill Hoppe/Central Oregon Community College: Contemporary artist and designer

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?