Binh Dahn: C.A.R.S Online
Aug 24, 2020 - Aug 25, 2021
The artist-curated C.A.R.S. Online series features past participants in the long running Critic & Artist Residency Series, which was founded in 1997 to bring prominent artists, critics, and curators to the Colorado State University campus for public lectures, classroom visits, and exhibitions. The virtual exhibition series brings together the artists' own work and works from the museum's collection, shedding new light on familiar objects and drawing out themes in the artist-curator's own works. The first show of the series was curated by Binh Danh, who was a C.A.R.S. participant in 2008. His chlorophyll print photograph Barracked (2005) was the first work accessioned into the museum's collection when we were founded in 2009.
Binh Danh (MFA Stanford; BFA San Jose State University) emerged as an artist of national importance with work that investigates his Vietnamese heritage and our collective memory of war. His technique incorporates his invention of the chlorophyll printing process, in which photographic images appear embedded in leaves through the action of photosynthesis. His newer body of work focuses on nineteenth-century photographic processes, applying them in an investigation of battlefield landscapes and contemporary memorials. A recent series of daguerreotypes celebrated the United States National Park system during its anniversary year.