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Friday, February 03, 2017
Victori + Mo Presents: Adrienne Elise Tarver: Secrets of Leaves (NYC)
Victori + Mo Presents:
Adrienne Elise Tarver, Install detail of Secrets of Leaves, 2017, Courtesy of the artist and Victori + Mo
Adrienne Elise Tarver: Secrets of Leaves February 17, 2017 – March 19, 2017
Victori + Mo is pleased to present Secrets of Leaves,
an immersive exhibition of new work from Adrienne Elise Tarver building
on her explorations of voyeurism, boundaries, and discovery, opening
February 17, 2017 and on view through March 19, 2017.
Secrets of Leaves,
consists of caulking paintings on wire mesh and sculptures of varying
scale, affixed to the gallery walls and hung from the ceiling throughout
the space. The walls will be painted with flora motifs, interspersed
with leaf sculptures protruding at various intervals creating the sense
of not only viewing a jungle, but being in one.
installation of the work subverts the standard gallery mode of passive
viewing within a static white cube; conceived in a manner that the
viewer is compelled to navigate around the artworks, stepping over or
passing through them. The space necessitates the viewer to be present
in order to activate it as a means of drawing attention to the invisible
structures we create and how they work to separates us. The viewer,
seduced by colors and textures, is lost in dense and tactile walls of
tropical foliage, often missing the figures existing within the artwork.
focus is on ‘the other,’ Tarver says. “This idea that allowing yourself
to look too long includes some sort of permission—in that permission
you have created a divide, and though also a human, the object of your
attention is seen as a different being, not like yourself. I think this
steers the conversation towards why and how we look at ‘the other’ and
encourages a conversation about looking at each other with empathy and
respect, as opposed to discussing borders and barriers.”
In its deliberate obfuscation of the line between craft and construction, Secrets of Leaves
also subverts normative notions of the masculine-feminine binary. The
sculptures use housebuilding materials but appear delicate; for instance
points resembling delicately woven lace are in reality caulking on
the tropics and the legacy of imperialism, the paintings in this series
are in conversation with not just the practices of Henri Rousseau and
Paul Gauguin but also the real-world implication of their art, and
recall the vibrancy and visual signatures of Chris Ofili and Peter Doig.
About the Artist
Adrienne Elise Tarver received her MFA in Visual Arts from the School of
the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and her BFA in Painting from
Boston University in 2007. This is her second solo exhibition at Victori
+ Mo. She currently lives and works in New York City.
About VICTORI + MO VICTORI
+ MO is a collaborative effort among dealers, curators, collectors and
artists in Bushwick, Brooklyn dedicated to presenting and developing
emerging and mid-career contemporary artists who engage with concepts
and ideas relevant to life in an increasingly global community. By
providing a space unmoored to particular doctrine, VICTORI+MO aims to
transcend geographic and cultural boundaries and create dialogue, not
only between the art world and viewing public, but across generations.
Gallery Hours Thursday – Sunday, 1pm - 6pm And by appointment