Vu Dan Tan

Vu Dan TanVu Dan Tan's approach to art making is that of a craftsman. He is concerned with the process and is continuously experimenting and evolving his talent. Tan's work is influenced by his surroundings and this has had a particularly strong impact upon the materials he chooses to use in his art making. During the war years and after when more traditional fine art materials were scarce Tan would work on readily available materials like newsprint and bamboo baskets. Now as consumerism has swept across Vietnam, Tan recycles the discarded packaging of the consumer economy and turns it into art. Vu Dan Tan works on both a small and large scale, creating creatures and masks from old cigarette boxes which he cuts and paints, as well as creating life size temple and boat installations made from appliance boxes.