Leigh Tarentino: Slip Road. A collection of paintings, drawings and photographs all reflecting the artist’s fascination with power lines and other attributes of American built landscape. Peter Franck/Kathleen Triem: Model Space: an installation of ambiguous scale and meaning.
Slip Road: New Works
Brooklyn, NY, Black & White Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Leigh Tarentino. The show is comprised of a collection of paintings, drawings and photographs produced over the last year - all with a strong visual link - all reflecting the artist’s fascination with power lines and other attributes of American built landscape.
The new body of work is comprised of 2 groupings:
In the first group of works, dilapidated landscapes explode into an abstract mixture of views and fragmentary parts. The visual representation of a utopian urge draws the viewer into an ethereal imaginary world constructed from a composite of different views and transformed into intricate symmetrical patterns along a single axis.
The second group of works depicts a dystopian landscape of endless roads, cars and power lines. In this surge and jumble of images, the viewer discovers the dramas inherent in nature while also being reminded of a car-centered perspective from which we tend to experience the landscape. Leigh Tarentino was born in Albany NY in 1968 and trained at the Kansas City Art Institute (BFA) and Rhode Island School of Design (MFA). She moved to New York in 1999 where she currently lives and works. This is her second solo exhibition at Black & White Gallery. Since her first solo show in 2004, Tarentino has exhibited at The Stas Namin Center (Moscow, Russia), The Bergen Museum of Art & Science (Paramus, NJ) and The University Art Museum, State University of New York at Albany (Albany, NY).
Peter Franck/Kathleen Triem
The art-architecture issue is certainly a categories popular one in contemporary art. Franck & Triem inventively blend the MODEL SPACE, an installation of ambiguous scale and meaning is the architectural model of an actual commission for a house with contoured topography, abstracted trees and the building in a fraction of its intended scale (1:4). Occupying the entire outdoor gallery it is enormous: almost overgrown within the space. It creates an unsettling atmosphere as it is placed in an "unreal" place that is different to the expectations of the viewer, forcing the viewer to fall into a sense of paradox and uneasiness.
Opening: Friday 21st April 2006, 6 - 9pm
Black & White Gallery
483 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn - New York
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