CHIRON HOUSE, is a gift to the community. A community built upon supporting the creative energies inside each of us materializing into song, painting, sculpture, video, movement and much more; a place to celebrate one another in this lifetime. And hopefully the gift will reciprocate back by supporting artists and help us all heal together.
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BETTY NGUYEN, CURATOR / ARTIST —
Betty Nguyen is a curator, artist and writer based in Ojai, California. Her work focuses on contemporary art. She earned her BA in Fine Art and has worked as a curator with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and arts advisor at the Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archives. She is the Curator of Chiron-House.
Nguyen has curated gallery exhibitions with Barry McGee (2017), Jim Melchert (2017), Marc Hundley (2015), Jeremy Everett (2015), Will Rogan (2015), Marie Lorenz (2015), Cammie Staros (2015), Walead Beshty, Karl Haendel and Patrick Hill (2009), Christian Jankowski (2008) and museum thematic survey exhibition Cosmic Wonder including the work of James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Doug Aitken, Mariko Mori, Mark Borthwick, Terence Koh, Jim Drain, Ara Peterson, Banks Violette and Paper Rad (2006).
Nguyen published contemporary art magazine First Person for seven years (2006-2013) interviewing luminaries Yoko Ono, Gilbert & George, John Baldessari, Alice Waters and Damo Suzuki, included portfolios by Wolfgang Tillmans and edited features by Sublime Frequencies, William Kentridge and Les Blank. As Guest Editor for Soma Magazine’s annual "Music Issue”, she interviewed Brian Wilson and Missy Elliot. She is currently the Arts & Culture Editor and Photographer for the Ojai Quarterly and Contributing Writer to Dazed Digital.
When the largest fire in Southern California’s history, the Thomas Fire began on her street in 2017, the fire took her home, studio and vehicle. She is grateful to all who contributed to her benefit auction and recovery. Chiron House embraces her multifaceted work as an artist, curator, event programmer, healer and gallery dealer.
A CHIRON IN ASTROLOGY IS THE WOUNDED HEALER—
Pronounced (kai-ron), it is our core weakness or challenge. If we are able to overcome it, we are able to access our super power. The beauty of the Chiron is learning to embrace our sensitivities and find beauty in our imperfections; to own and access it as our strengths. The Chiron is an asteroid orbiting through space.