Tam Van Tran, Aikido Dream II, 2015, Acrylic and marker on canvas, 84” H x 79” W x 1.5” D, Courtesy the Artist and Suzanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Photo: Robert Wedemeye
Please join us for the opening reception of Los Angeles-based media artist Tam Van Tran’s solo exhibition, Aikido Dream. There will be an artist talk with Tam Van Tran and Michael DeLucia on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 6 pm.
Tam Van Tran’s solo exhibition at MCASB, titled Aikido Dream, which features a selection of approximately twenty works from the 2000s to the present, serves as a vehicle for understanding the nature of the artistic process rather than presenting a chronological or mid-career retrospective. Aikido, often translated as “the way of unifying (with) life energy” or “the way of harmonious spirit,” represents a synthesis of physical and philosophical beliefs. Aikido Dream also reflects Tran’s interest in meditation, our environment, and his belief in intuition and transience, realms in which nothing is fixed and everything is in motion. This exhibition offers a nuanced platform to understand his artistic trajectory, providing a framework that fosters an investigation of his long-standing, iterative interests in religious thought (particularly the Buddhist idea of non-duality) and pop culture, as well as natural processes and transitions. In this spirit of ethnic and processual diversity, even Tran’s titles are delightfully unexpected cultural fusions, evoking both indie song phrases and meditative koans.
Tam Van Tran (b. 1966, Kon Tum, Vietnam) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990 from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He later attended graduated from the School of Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996. His work was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. He has had numerous national and international exhibitions including, “Adornment of Basic Space,” Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA; “Mind is a Pure Expanse of Space,” Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA; “Luminosity,” Cohan and Leslie, New York, NY; and “Tam Van Tran: Psychonaut,” Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston, Houston, TX. Recent group exhibitions include “Paul Clay,” Salon 94, New York, NY; “east Ex east,” curated by Jane Neal at Brand New Gallery, Milan Italy; “Ascending Dragon: Contemporary Vietnamese Artists Exhibition,” Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA; “Fresh From Chelsea,” University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL; “Keramik,” Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA; “Inaugural Group Exhibition,” Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA; “Topographies,” Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; “California Dreaming,” Seiler + Mosseri-Marlio Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland; and “Super Vision”, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA. His work is found in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Broad Collection, Santa Monica, CA; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; and The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH. Tran lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.