It's our pleasure to bring to your attention the first time visual artist Truong Tran will be exhibiting his work to the public in a dedicated solo show.
You may remember Tran's artwork from Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review issue 15.1 or you might recognize his work as the same as the artwork on the homepage of our website, 14hills.net. Or, even better, you might've never heard of his work before now.
Tomorrow night, Truong Tran's first public exhibition, a solo show that will last the entire month of February, will have its opening reception.
Mina Dresden & Kearny Street Workshop Present:
Truong Tran's lost & found
Mina Dresden Gallery
February 5, 2010
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
312 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
From the gallery:
Truong Tran is committed to making art accessible through the creative reuse of everyday materials. His process includes merging disparate objects, forcing them to compromise and accommodate one another in their process of becoming something new, something difficult and beautiful. In his work, Tran explores themes of surfaces, containers and the self-portrait. Tran uses wax, thread, light, color and found objects as a way of constructing veils that must be lifted to arrive at the meaning embedded within. He uses boxes to represent the containers that hold society's expectations of identity and self. It is here that he reinterprets and challenges these expectations and the construct of the self-portrait.
Truong obtained his MFA from San Francisco State University and has received numerous honors including the Fund for Poetry Grant, three San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grants, and The Intersection for the Arts' Writer in Residency Fellowship. He has shown his work locally at Intersection, APAture, Kearny Street Workshop, and A. Muse Gallery. He has published many volumes of poetry, most recently Four Letter Words, Apogee Press. He is currently the Visiting Professor in Poetry at Mills College. Of his visual art, Truong says, "they are poems that won't fit on a page or in a book." Visit http://gnourtnart.com
There will definitely be at least a few Fourteen Hills staff members in attendance. You can count on it.
-Editors, Fourteen Hills