‘Tam Van Tran and Dewey Ambrosino’ explore the world of sound and surface. The artists state ‘It is the ear that penetrates darkness, and not the eye. We cannot see what is within a fruit yet we know through our senses and cultural learning that its contents provide an offering, an exchange and a form of sustenance’.
For this exhibition, watermelons will be cut open, its pulp removed and plaster castings of its dark interior will rest on the floor in front of a vibrating wall of highly reflective mylar. This large-scale sculptural installation marries the science of cymatics with the aesthetic realm. Cymatics is the study of sound as a visual world, exploring the proven fact that all matter in the universe cannot exist without vibration.
It is the artist’s intention that the viewer be drawn to the invisible element of sound as a powerful force that is not visually apparent, to engage the idea that in life there are many forms and structures that are not a part of our socially conditioned ‘ways of seeing’. By making hidden perishable matter permanent, by creating structures that gives shape to sound, Tam Van Tran and Dewey Ambrosino aim to provide a different kind of perspective on the natural schema of everyday life.
Tam Van Tran (b. 1966, Kontum, Vietnam) lives and works in Los Angeles, USA. He received a BFA in Painting, Pratt Institute, New York in 1990. Tran’s artistic practice demonstrates his inter-disciplinary studies, often using unconventional materials to mark the transient nature of the tangible and intangible world.
Dewey Ambrosino (b. 1967, Chicago, USA) lives and works in Los Angeles, USA. He received a BFA in Sculpture and Industrial Design from University of Illinois, Chicago in 1991 and an MFA in Art from California Institute of the Arts in 1994. Ambrosino’s artistic practice examines the relationship between aesthetic phenomena and cultural conditioning through a variety of different media.
This exhibition would not have been possible without the support of the Asian Cultural Council.
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