Sunday, October 17, 2010
Ron Tran’s practice explores the ways that chance and coincidence influence daily life. He studied at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Canada including Saidye Bronfman Centre, Helen Pitt Gallery and Artspeak Gallery. He has participated in the Berlin Biennale 6, East International 2007 Norwich England and has an upcoming residency at the Museo Experimental el Eco in Mexico City. In March 2011, Ron will be presenting a solo exhibition at Charles H. Scott.
His installation at the Charles H. Scott Gallery, It Knows Not What It Is, is about a stick. Purchased on the street where it was cut from a nearby tree the stick had no discernable use or value. Intrigued by its potential, Tran has created a project centred on developing meaning and worth for this rudimentary object.
Tran transforms the stick into an object of reverence. He has invited other artists to work with him in crafting various representations of the object including Angus Ferguson, Devon Knowles, Pietro Sammarco, Anne Low, Kevin Chong, Justin Patterson, Nicolas Sassoon, Sylvain Sailly, Erica Stocking, Paul Kajander, Seth Landman. While transformed into the rarified art object and inserted into the gallery context, the stick will be returned to its original context on the completion of Tran’s project.