September 19, 2022

Media Release: Take a visual and digital journey with Steven Tran’s BOLDER

Media Release

Footscray Community Arts presents BOLDER – an interdimensional art exhibition exploring Augmented Reality (AR) and expanded sensory experiences from ArtLife Artist-in-Residence, Steven Tran.

ArtLife is a program platforming artists with disability through residencies, creative development, presentation and workshops.

“My life is creating all of this artwork from my imagination… My exhibition is all about becoming more sensitive, more visible,” explains Steven, who has been with the ArtLife program since 2013.
His exhibition, BOLDER is a celebration of visibility and individuality, an encouragement of contrast and daring. Using pencil and paint enhanced by AR, each work shares with the viewer a different, more intimate part of the artist’s inner world.

Steven’s artistic practice derives inspiration from music, patterns and the architecture of buildings. In his second solo show, Steven maintains a fascination with colour, form and patterns – highlights seen in his first solo exhibition BOLD in 2021.

While his first show was grounded in the present, BOLDER takes Steven’s work to new realms with expanded sensory experiences. He invites each and everyone to step into his imagination and take a visual and digital journey through it via spooky staircases and witness structures evolve and explode.

“ArtLife is core to what we do here at Footscray Community Arts. As one of the only mainstream art organisations registered as a NDIS provider in Australia, we champion artists with disability to be recognised and platformed in the arts industry. The ArtLife program has supported Steven to present his work in exhibitions at Footscray Community Arts as well as in local festivals such as West Projections and Due West,” said Louisa Carter, Footscray Community Arts ArtLife Manager.

ArtLife Residency Artists have a dedicated artistic practice and a desire to work towards ambitious, high-impact public projects. They have a readiness to take their artistic profile to new professional contexts. There are currently seven artists involved in this program.

Collaborators include:

  • Victoria University Hive Lab
  • Ben Monaghan (Mixed Reality Developer) 
  • Elijah McDonald (3D Developer) 
  • Kati Elizabeth (Product Manager) 
  • Khuyen Phung (Lead UI designer)
  • Phoebe Watson (Game Designer) 
  • Robert Stephenson (Animator)

Launch event: Wednesday 28 September 6:00pm – 8:00pm
The celebration event will be Auslan interpreted
Exhibition dates: 15 September – 30 October
Location: 45 Moreland Street, Footscray Community Arts (Roslyn Smorgon Gallery)
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 9:30am – 5:00pm Saturday, Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00 pm