Tam Van Tran

The Society for Contemporary Art proudly presents Tam Van Tran Tuesday, April 29, 2003. The grid-like patterns and dense linear networks in the paintings and works on paper of Tam Van Tran (born 1966 Kontum, Vietnam; lives in Los Angeles) bring to mind various natural and artificial systems, from computer networks, corporate conglomerates, and urban cityscapes to rhizomes and insect colonies. His new works incorporate chlorophyll and spirulina, two substances associated with the evolution of plant life. Chlorophyll, the green pigment present in all plants and algae, plays a key role in photosynthesis. Spirulina is one of the simplest life forms; it is a type of blue-green algae that resides on the evolutionary cusp between plants and animals. Tam Van Tran?s new works consist of paper painted with chlorophyll, spirulina, and other green pigments, cut into strips and then stapled back together. Simultaneously still and kinetic, the paper undulates, dips and practically squirms off the wall. Using a hole puncher, the artist cuts hundreds of tiny round incisions into the surface of the paper, creating an effect not unlike that of a plant leaf eaten away by tiny insects. Titled Beetle Manifesto, the series evokes the ingenious persistence of life. Tam Van Tran received his BFA in painting from the Pratt Institute in New York and attended the graduate film and television program at UCLA. Recent solo venues include Cohan Leslie and Browne, New York (2002) and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (2000, 2001). His work is currently on view at the UCLA Hammer Museum in a survey of recent drawings by emerging artists entitled, ?International Paper? (26 January ? 27 April 2003).

The Art Institute of Chicago
Members – $35

05:30PM – 06:30PM – Reception
Photography Study Room

06:30PM – 07:30PM – Lecture
Photography Study Room