Libby Leshgold Gallery

Exhibition curated by Cate Rimmer
Opening Reception: Tuesday March 8, 2011 at 7:30pm

The Charles H. Scott Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by local Vancouver artist Ron Tran. Tran's installation at the Charles H. Scott Gallery 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.

In his installation, IT KNOWS NOT WHAT IT IS, 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.

Ron Tran has exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions in Canada, Europe and Asia. 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.


Ron Tran, IT KNOWS NOT WHAT IT IS, 2011.
40" × 26", c-print. Photo: Leah Benetti