Victoria, BC, Canada
Canadian Artist Viet Tran celebrates both chaos and order through his painterly paper collages. Tran used collage as an art therapy during his two years in Galang Refugee Camp in Indonesia. Tran has resettled in Victoria BC Canada since June 1, 1987. EXHIBITIONS: * 1988/1989 X-Changes Gallery, Victoria, BC *1990 BC Royal Museum * 1991 University of Victoria. * 1990-2000: Annual Immigrant Art Shows * 2008 Victoria Public Library * 2008: CAC Gallery.
As art viewers normally get lost in abstract paintings in general, figures/objects in Tran’s collages were intended to serve as a focus point to lead viewers to a broad and uncluttered perspective of the chaotic and abstract background of these collages. Tran tried to generate viewers’ curiosity, feelings, and interpretation about movements and activities from these collages.
Tran’s collages give viewers an illusion that they were painted in oil or acrylic. Unlike painters who have total freedom of selecting and creating colour palette for their paintings, Tran does not apply any type of paint on his collage. Therefore, he depends strictly on colours from magazines. Tran enjoys the unconventional process of manipulating colour and unpredictable outcome. Each collage is unique, because it can neither be cloned nor recreated even by the artist himself.
Tran’s art reflects his confusion from dualistic concept of Yin and Yang, Dream and Reality, Sanity and Insanity, Suffering and Happiness, etc.
It is considered a success if art viewers of Tran’s collages can detect chaos and orders, and yin and yang by themselves without asking any clarification or question(s) from the artist.
Tran himself enjoyed the creative process of making these collages. Now, the artist hopes that the viewers can enjoy the same process with their own imagination and creation.