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.S. 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.

EXHIBITIONS

L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments, Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles, California, curated by Steven Wong, March 13-July 12, 2014

Kuwento Engkuwentro: Angeleno Folkore, Legends & Sidewalk Stories, Pico House, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Los Angeles, California, May 14-31, 2015


PRESS ABOUT L.A. HEAT

“Audrey Chan’s painting, Proposal for a Mural Dedicated to David Tran, might at first seem like a simple ode to Sriracha’s Vietnamese creator and his success story. But [Steven] Wong says that once again, there’s more than meets the eye. The painting isn’t just a proposal for a mural, but a commentary on the genre of community murals as a whole. “While it honors the history of David Tran,” Wong says, “at the same time it’s analyzing and deconstructing that way of communicating history.”” —Sam Dean, NPR

“Audrey Chan’s proposal for a mural poses the immigrant success stories prevalent in community art in contrast with the reality of global-political discrimination and violence. Sriracha’s founder, David Tran, is depicted alongside a freighter carrying refugees across a blood-red sea.” —Annie Buckley, Artforum.com

“It’s that necessary courage that once again arises in Audrey Chan’s “Proposal for a mural dedicated to David Tran.” …Her work highlights the long journey Tran had made to create what is now cult culinary favorite.” —Carren Jao, KCET Artbound

“A new, utterly revolutionary art exhibit in Los Angeles dares to go where no hot sauce discussion has gone before, breaking down the boundaries that divide us.” —Priscilla Frank, The Huffington Post

“”Proposal for a mural dedicated to David Tran” by Audrey Chan – Inspired by community murals that chronicle and glorify immigrants’ pursuit of the American Dream. This freighter carried Tran to the U.S. in 1978 after the Vietnam War.” —Javier Cabral, Los Angeles Times