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Upcoming Exhibits

Primitive vs Modern
     photo montages by Dan Tran

August 2-September 14
Jefferson CoOp Gallery

Opening Reception Friday, August 2 at 7:00 pm.

Artist Talk at 6:00 pm. 
FREE and Open to the Public

Dan Tran: Artist Statement


In the photographic series Primitive vs Modern, I produce multilayered photomontages from my street images, raising the question of how much our modern-day thoughts and actions have changed from the age-old instincts and modes of behavior of our species. Whether it's the need to believe in the existence and immortality of the soul, the struggle to affirm our individuality under pressure from the tribe, our visceral fear of darkness, or our subliminal subjugation to our desires.

Street photography at its best, often captures what Henri Cartier-Bresson calls the “decisive moment.”  In it time and space are fixed by the artist; the image is composed instantaneously, and a story is told. What is beloved is the candidness of the subject, the rawness of the image, and the subtlety of the storytelling. In my photomontages, I add extra layers of time and space by superimposing multiple images from my street photography. Immediacy & candidness are preserved, but visual unity is disturbed and storytelling is abandoned. My love for painting is also evident in my reproducing photographically the gestures of the abstract expressionists, the sculptural effect of the cubists, and the dark/light contrast of the baroque school. 

The end product is a recomposed image, more stimulating, more dynamic, serving a new and more expansive meaning, which goes way beyond the moment. Imaginary but rooted in the real, my photography is inspired by the Latin American school of literature called “magical realism.”

Dan Tran’s photography has received recognition from Lens Culture, International Photography Awards, Black & White Spider Award, Monochrome Photo Award, and Color Photography Awards.

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