Ron Tran


Ashes Under the Hill / Let Our Hands Grow to Hold What We Love

Sculpture; printed Intacel, steel and aluminium

*This project took place as part of STAGES 2017 and is no longer on display

Location: The Forks Historic Port at the Beach Scape, area not wheelchair accessible but work can be viewed from river walkway or main Forks area.
Hours: 24 hours

Ron Tran works across disciplines and often in public spaces, orchestrating situations that challenge the norms of social interaction. His performative practice often takes the form of subtle interventions and is rooted in the motions of everyday life from walking home after a night out, to the simple gesture of opening and closing one’s apartment door. For STAGES, he has made several cutout sculptures of collaged consumer products from the late forties. The select products connect to the imagined garbage buried deep in Westview Park also known as “Garbage Hill.” His sculptures are propped in the ground sticking out from cultivated hedges, as if the city’s detritus is rising out of the earth, regrowing in one of the city’s most trafficked parks.

Tran’s work incorporates sculpture, photography, video, performance and installation. He is invested in the social and political nature of space which he foregrounds through interruptive strategies and collaborative practices that engage the public and gallery. Tran Studied at Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in Vancouver and has participated in group and solo exhibitions in North America, Europe, and Asia. His work addresses shifting understandings of public and private space, and questions ideas of individual ownership. He was selected for the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien residency in Berlin 2014 and was recently awarded for Mayor’s Arts Awards. Tran’s work has been featured in Avant-Gardes of The 21st Century published by Phaidon Press.

Ron Tran travaille sur plusieurs disciplines, souvent dans des espaces publics, orchestrant des situations qui remettent en cause les normes de l’interaction sociale. Sa pratique performative prend souvent la forme de subtiles interventions et prend ses racines dans les mouvement de la vie quotidienne, du fait de rentrer à la maison en marchant après une soirée, au simple geste d’ouvrir et fermer la porte d’un appartement. Les oeuvres de Tran intègrent sculpture, photographie, vidéo, performance et installation. Il est impliqué dans la nature sociale et politique de l’espace qu’il met en avant en usant de stratégies interruptives and de pratiques collaboratives qui engage le public et la galerie.

Tran a étudié à l’Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design de Vancouver et a exposé de façon collective ou individuelles en Amérique du Nord, en Europe et en Asie. Ses oeuvres montrent les perceptions mouvantes de l’espace public et privé, et remet en cause les idées de la propriété individuelle. Il a été sélectionné pour une résidence à la Kunstlerhaus Bethanien à Berlin en 2014 et a été honoré récemment du Mayor’s Arts Awards. Le travail de Tran a été montré dans le livre Avant-Gardes of The 21st Centuryparu chez Phaidon Press.