Below is a Transformation Series of a figure carved in different states. The 6"x8" woodcut prints are oil-based ink on 9.5" x 14" sheets of Fabriano. These were created in the Fall of 2017.
It has been a while since I have posted here and I sometimes wonder how a viewer may change over the passage of time. For example, if say someone once looked at my blog/website upon a previous time and later revisited the same image of a work I had posted, is that view experienced the same way?
Over the past four+ years I have spent a significant time away from social media & spent time adjusting to a new life in the Pacific Northwest. Last fall I enrolled in a Woodcut Printmaking class and tapped into a creative flow and a technical process that was relatively new to me. Below, an example of a first state of an ongoing piece:
I promise I'll post more images soon of additional prints.
Above is a sneak preview to a new line of shadow projections that I will be presenting this Saturday, 12/21/13 at the Winter Wonderland space located inside the Westfield Plaza Camino Real in Carlsbad (2525 El Camino Real; the space is between Cricket Wireless and Zales). The image you see is a shadow of a snow-covered pine tree layered over an inkjet transparency of a forest. A real pine tree sits in the right foreground. The smell of pine adds to the wonderland experience.
I'm pleased to share that I have been creating new work and hope you will stop by this Saturday to witness it in movement. My 2pm presentation and Q&A follows Jukebox Radio, a performance group that works with music, puppets, and play. They will be hosting a workshop at 12:30pm that day as well.
Stay tuned for an additional update on my involvement with Winter Wonderland. I'll also be participating in a pop-up shop on Sunday, 12/22/13 and will be selling some recently new work and handmade crafts.
Yesterday, Jan 12th was the closing reception to the group exhibition, "One Thing Led to Another..." at Space 4 Art. I was featured as one of the artists and screened videos of my past shadow work in their main gallery. Needless to say I performed a dry run of a new piece in progress, "Village place" and one of my older works, "Ong 8-fold." At some point, I'll have to show some sample documentation of my work in progress.
It was a good evening with a line-up of two other performances prior to mine, courtesy of Jenna Ann & Max Daly. Both are tenants at Space 4 Art (I shall now refer to as "the Space").
This month is the launch of the new program, "Tenant Series," that feature the works of the artists that rent their studios at the Space itself. I am thrilled to see the Space support their artists and find it quite fitting with their mission. Since the San Diego Guild of Puppetry has a studio at the Space and I have been working with this organization, I was invited to participate as one of their artists.
I look forward to doing more with the Guild and meeting other artists at the Space.
Van (rhymes with "fun") C. Tran