Aaron Tan’s practice is invested in the materiality of spaces and how they can be articulated as a porous form of writing. Often working with the found or makeshift materials, his work occupies a transitionary place between the studio and exhibition, revealing spaces in formation and the intimate politics of his artistic labour. In his economy of personal effects and surplus materials, the work raises questions about the sensorial and metabolic use and exchange in the everyday, and how they may be re-configured to occupy and inhabit other relations.
Tan is currently the recipient of the ‘LYC in Cumbria’ PhD studentship at the University of Cumbria, undertaking practice-led research on the LYC Museum & Art Gallery (1972-1983) by the artist Li Yuan-chia. His research examines the museum's pioneering and radical programme as an embodiment of his practice, which centred around participation and hospitality in rural Cumbria. He is engaged in recovering and animating the critical possibilities of the museum as artwork in today's political and artistic currencies, using event or durational based installations, performances and choreographic methods as modes of inquiry.
Aaron Tan lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include; Rental Spirits, Grey Projects, Singapore (2020); CLOSE: A PRESENTATION, University of Cumbria; o* p* e*** n **i n* g s, The Pharmacy, Carlisle (both 2019); Every Object is a Thing but not every thing is an object, Hollybush Gardens, London; The ashtray west show, Belmacz Gallery, London (2018); The ashtray show, 4COSE, London; and It is “I am feeling this.”, Soft/Wall/Studs, Singapore (both 2017).
Gasworks Studio Residencies are a response to outbreak of Covid-19, which has caused the postponement our international residency programme. Until the programme can resume, the residency studios have been made available to London-based artists and writers who are currently unable to afford their own dedicated workspace