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(Leaf, Spiderweb, Bone, Pot, Bone, Spiderweb, Leaf) by Simon Tran. Acrylic on wood panel, 2020. Diptych, 8.5 x 8.5" each panel.

Fair Market Value $450 / Opening Bid Starts at $225

Simon Tran aka ghost ghost teeth, a father, educator, and artist born in Long Beach CA and now resides in Menlo Park. He received a BA in Art Practice at U.C. Berkeley. Simon has shown at various spaces including Berkeley Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, NIAD, and The Compound Gallery. He has created murals in Oakland, Berkeley, Seattle, and Los Angeles. His work is in the Capital One Collection. Currently Simon is the Artist in Education Program Coordinator at SoEx and is the gallery manager at Berkeley Art Center.

"My work is about reconfiguration, resistance, and a hearty bowl of soup. There are sensibilities in my work stemming from a confluence of seemingly disparate influences including post-punk, my family, anime, retro video games, Vietnamese- American culture, the Vietnam War, and mysticism as an act of defiance towards colonial rule. I make reference to the human body through 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 reshapes memories. There is no resolve in the narration of my work, instead there are slow builds that lead to chunky riffs that wormhole into hard-edged noise, all loopy-loopy and stuff. The composition is complicated by these layers of personal narrative mixed with processing a cultural history.

Donated By Simon Tran