Saturday, February 23, 2008

Tara McPherson Lost Constellations opens tonight

Totally forgot to post but I'm running to the bus right now.
Come on out tonight if you can make it.

Tara McPherson
Lost Constellations
Solo Exhibition
February 23 - March 22, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 23, 7pm – 9pm

Jonathan Levine Gallery
529 West 20th Street, 9E New York, NY 10011 ph:212-243-3822

NEW YORK, NY — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announce Lost
Constellations, a solo exhibition of new works by Tara McPherson. For
the artist's first solo show at the gallery, Lost Constellations
features a new series of oil paintings and resin-cast sculptures,
incorporated into a site-specific installation. The sculptures are a
new experience for the artist, who has never before worked in this
medium, three-dimensionally in full-scale proportions.

The painted portraits in Lost Constellations depict adventurous
super-heroines from an alternate universe, crossing dimensional planes
of time and space. McPherson considers the idea of parallel existence
through the use of multiple views or angles on a subject, inspired by
the Einstein cross (a phenomenon caused by gravitational lensing)
while her series of bodily transfigurations convey principles on the
physical manifestation of thought. A reoccurring cast of female
characters appear in various states of action—fighting battles and
growing toward self-discovery. Using her signature bold and graphic
style, Tara's imagery explores love, loss and loneliness through
variations on strength, vulnerability and female empowerment. Concepts
of non-verbal communication and the evolution of spoken language are
explored as well, along with an interpretation on the circle of
life—represented through transitional properties of water particles:
gas, liquid and solid.

One of the first women to gain recognition in a genre (and greater Art
world) dominated by Male artists, Tara McPherson is a role model for
younger female artists in the movement. A multi-faceted artist, she
has successful careers in both Fine Art and Illustration. Her process
remains the same in commissioned illustrations as in her personal
work. Tara only does what she enjoys, never compromising her talent or
individual sense of creative expression. Fine Art allows McPherson to
develop a deeper, more intimate narrative for her subjects. Through
layers of paint and symbolism, ideas that take pages of storyboard to
convey in illustration projects can be condensed into a singular panel
for one of her original pieces of artwork.

Born in San Francisco, and raised in Los Angeles, Tara McPherson is a
painter, poster artist and freelance illustrator based out of New York
City. She received her BFA from Art Center College of Design in
Pasadena, CA with honors in Illustration and a minor in Fine Art.
While in college, she interned at Rough Draft Studios, working on Matt
Groening's animated series Futurama. Creating art about people and
their odd ways, her characters exude an idealized innocence with a
glimpse of hard earned wisdom in their eyes. Recalling many issues
from childhood and good old life experience, she creates images that
are thought provoking and seductive. People and their relationships
are a central theme throughout her body of work. Tara exhibits her
paintings and prints in fine art galleries all over the world. Her
first monograph Lonely Heart: The Art of Tara McPherson was published
by Dark Horse Press, in 2006.

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