Simon Tran

Berkeley, CA

My work is about reconfiguration, resistance, and a hearty bowl of soup. There are sensibilities in my work stemming from post-punk, Vietnamese- American culture, The Vietnam War, and mysticism as an act of defiance towards colonial rule. I make reference to the human body by painting organic shapes. A swaddled child or a contorted figure may inhabit the compositional landscape along with patterns that stop, start, and overlap. Color is a strong influence on my work. I combine nostalgic colors that reshape memories. There is no resolve in the narration of my work, instead, there are slow meditative builds that lead to chunky riffs that wormhole into hard-edged noise, all loopy-loopy, and stuff.

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