Ron Tran, Self portrait.

Artist talk with Ron Tran

March 3, 2015 – 7pm to 8:30pm

Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art is honoured to present a talk with Canadian visual artist Ron Tran on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7PM. The event is free and all are welcome.

Tran works across disciplines, often in public spaces, orchestrating situations that challenge the norms of social interaction, pushing them gently into slightly uncomfortable places. His practice, which includes performance through subtle interventions, is rooted in the motions of everyday life from walking home after a night out to opening and closing one’s apartment door.

In 2013 Tran was awarded the Canada Council International Residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. The residency concluded with a solo exhibition that became a space for a participatory project, offering dislocated artists struggling to make a living in Berlin an opportunity to practice their entrepreneurial skills. In Tran’s exhibition, his guests ran small businesses, introducing their talents and services to visitors in the form of specific products and offers. These services varied widely from the practical to the absurd, including yoga classes and dancing lessons for children, to “repossession services.”

Tran studied at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver. He has participated in numerous exhibitions at Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal; Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver; Artspeak, Vancouver; Liu-Haisu Museum, Shanghai; East International 2007, Norwich, UK; Berlin Biennial 6; and held a major solo exhibition at the Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver.

Plug In ICA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council as well as our generous donors, dedicated members and hardworking volunteers.

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