February 23, 2008
through March 22, 2008
NEW YORK, NY (January 29, 2008) — 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.
About the Artist:
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. Lost Constellations is her first solo exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery.