Dewey Ambrosino and Tam Van Tran are friends from L.A, practically neighbors Dewey tells me at the opening reception of their collaborative exhibition at Sàn Art.
The exhibition comprises of a conversation between their works, Ambrosino’s is metallic, pulsing and noisy and Tam’s is quiet, natural and static.
Ambrosino is also a DJ and a fan of Dubstep, a genre of music with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns. When you dance to it you hear it but you also feel it reverberating in your stomach and your chest in a deep wobbling drawl.
He wanted to re-create this feeling and make it visual so he made a 17 minute piece of music, placed a sheet of reflective mylar in front of a big speaker and let the sound waves make the shapes. ‘It’s really simple, that’s what is so beautiful about it’ says Dewey as one of the guests on my art tour remarked on her intense experience with the work.
When you turn around to face Tam’s work the deep tremors are still moving through your gut but you start to see a different scene altogether, a glinting watery reflection on the wall that dances around the cast shadows from towers of coconut trunks, charred wood and round receptacles molded from the inside of watermelons.
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.
‘A Two-Person Show: Tam Van Tran and Dewey Ambrosino’
Sàn Art, 3 Me Linh street, district Binh Thanh, HCMC, Vietnam
June 1st – July 5th 2012
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 6.30pm