Audrey Chan, Proposal for a Mural Dedicated to David Tran, gouache on paper, 20″ x 28″, 2014
Proposal for a Mural Dedicated to David Tran was inspired by community murals that chronicle and glorify immigrants’ pursuit of the American Dream, commemorating heroes, martyrs, and elevating the quotidian in a didactic folk vernacular. The Huey Fong freighter carried Tran and Vietnamese refugees to the U.D. in 1978 after the Vietnam War. The ship churns through a red sauce, foreshadowing his promise as an aspiring entrepreneur, but also serving as a reminder of the bloodshed and death of millions of Vietnamese during the war and the boat people who perished in transit.
KCET Artbound: “Hot Stuff: L.A.’s Cross-Cultural Condiments” by Carren Jao, March 19, 2014.
The Huffington Post: “An Art Show Dedicated Entirely to Hot Sauce Is Making Our Spicy Dreams Come True” by Priscilla Frank, March 16, 2014.
Los Angeles Times: “‘L.A. Heat’: Finally, an art exhibit devoted to Sriracha and Tapatio sauces” by Javier Cabral, March 15, 2014.
On view in the exhibition “L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments” at the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles through July 12, 2014.