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Tam van Tran


Tam van TranArtist’s Statement

In the last ten years, my work has focused on ideas of personal transformation in a dialogue with nature and culture. I use organic vegetable matters such as spirulina, chlorophyll and food materials like cabbage and carrots, which are mixed with acrylic paints to form a biodegradable soup and drafted onto paper as a drawing. In all my work and the 3-dimensional paper ‘beetle manifestos’ series, the circle shapes are printed by bottle caps referencing the negative space of bottles, and punch holes are used as way to create lines and zeros. Staples provide shimmer as well as structural support of the layered paper. I transform ordinary materials into objects of abstraction that touch on how a painting is put together with lines, mark making, and surface tension. I’m interested in beauty as an abstract experience, free of subject and object, beyond the generalization of language. This is related to how perception is spatially experienced through cause and effect of actions of the body, speech, and mind.

I see the drawings as possible depictions of maps or cities from an aerial perspective, with references to public space and representations of forests touching on private space. Living in the United States as a former Vietnamese political refugee has influenced the way I integrate ideas of calligraphy, cooking (through the use of food material) and looking at civic space in my work. Thank you for your Consideration.

Website: anthonymeierfinearts.com/artists/tam-van-tran

Biography

Select Solo Exhibitions

2006
Psychonaut, Anthony Meier Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

2002
Project Room: Lover of Air, Cohan Leslie and Browne, New York, NY

1999
Turkey Diesel, Dirt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Select Group Exhibitions

2008
Fata Morgana, Galerie Schmidt Maczollek, Cologne, Germany

2006
Supervision, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

2004
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2001
New Work: LA Painting, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1995
House of Styles, Tri Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Grants/Awards

2001
Joan Mitchell Foundation Award

2000
Pollock Krasner Fellowship

EDUCATION

M.F.A., 1996
University of California

B.F.A., 1990
Pratt Institute

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