“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.” —Lewis Carroll
Fruit Tree (2017) is a collaboration between artists Ron Tran and Mathew Sawyer. Already friends and with sympathetic art practices, the two had never before collaborated, due in part to the fact that they live on different continents thousands of miles apart, with Tran residing in Vancouver and Sawyer in London. For their Capture installation, Tran and Sawyer came together for a short road trip to generate a new body of work.
Operating against the normative impulse to travel from Point A to Point B in the most efficient manner and with a clear purpose in mind, the artists instead allowed themselves to respond to random opportunities that presented themselves along the way. As in their previous work, this took the form of performative actions and subtle interventions that were carried out and then documented. The humorous and highly enigmatic residue of the performative actions was left in situ to be discovered—or not—by strangers that happen upon it, a gift of sorts from one anonymous source to another. From there, the artwork takes the form of photographic documentation available to a larger viewing audience.
The Olympic Village Station is curated by Charles H. Scott Gallery.
For the multi-sited public art project On and Off the Road, Capture has installed photo-based artworks on the exteriors of Canada Line stations across Vancouver. The series broadly considers how modes of mass transportation can simultaneously be places of intense control while remaining emblems of freedom and adventure in the Western pop cultural imagination. The artworks consider the road narrative in modern and contemporary art, literature, and film, as well as the limits of that narrative and the need for alternatives.
Presented in partnership by
Capture Photography Festival and the Canada Line Public Art Program—InTransit BC