Earlier this month, I had the pleasure to speak on a panel organized by Transformer Gallery at the Mexican Cultural Institute titled "Challenging Colonialism in Contemporary Art." The panel was held in conjunction with the traveling group show, "Queer Tropics," organized by Pelican Bomb which originally opening in New Orleans last November and had a second iteration in Washington DC at Transformer Gallery this spring.
I'm excited to be in Room 2242 along with artists Alison Ruttan and Elisa Soliven in "Indoor Outside," a show curated by Nick Cueva at the Spring Break Art Show.
Spring Break is the curator-driven art fair during Armory Arts Week in New York. This year the fair is at 4 Times Square and is open from Tuesday, March 6 to Monday, March 12. Tickets available at SpringBreakArtShow.com
Liv_id, a Bangkok-based artist-run collective, positions works of video art as disruptor, experiment and pause for thought. Connecting maker and crowd, they aim to facilitate dialog beyond typical boundary.
For this year’s Galleries’ Night 2018 event organized by the French Embassy of Thailand, the collective partnered up with SONY to present Keepsake, a mobile video art experience. During the two-night event, screens provided by SONY were installed in tuk-tuk’s transporting viewers between the 50+ galleries participating in the event. Each screen showcased short video art pieces from 5 Thai and 5 international artists including Kawita Vatanajyankur, Yuree Kensaku, Nuankhanit Phromchanya, Piyarat Piyapongwiwat, Wilawan Wiangthong, Rebecca Vickers, Adrienne Elise Tarver, Alexandra Hammond, Julie Weitz andKatya Yakubov.
The works focused on a concept of ‘Keepsake,’ considering how through a questioning of the quality and character of what can be kept as a memento, artists continuously confront the act of saving through lens intervention, recording what is being lost and envisioning what might be.
The approximately 35-minute loop of video art screened in each tuk-tuk allowed for viewers to experience the works of between one and two artists per ride while traveling between galleries and marked the first time a show of this nature has been curated in Bangkok.
We are thrilled to present THRESHELD, a group exhibition of works by Janaye Brown, Orlando Estrada, Jes Fan, Ilana Harris-Babou, Inhye Lee, Pastiche Lumumba, and Adrienne Elise Tarver at Underdonk in Brooklyn. Please join us for our opening event on August 11, 2017 from 7–9PM. The show will run August 11–September 10, 2017.
1329 Willoughby Ave #211, Brooklyn, NY 11237
August 11–September 10, 2017
Opening Event: August 11, 2017, 7–9PM
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 1–6PM and by appointment
THRESHELD explores the intimacy of routine, home as a constructed space, and ritual as a sanctified mundane.
97 Allen St., New York, NY
Opening reception: Saturday, July 8 - 7-10 pm
Exhibition dates: July 8 - September 3, 2017
Co-curated by Jennifer Coates and Nick Lawrence
A full-color, limited edition catalogue to accompany the exhibition will be available for sale. For further information, please contact email@example.com, or call 212.691.7700.
I’m excited to be a part of a group show with some great artists, celebrating something I love—plants!
This Thursday evening join me for the opening of "Plant Patterns" at The Arsenal Gallery in Central Park (the big brick building by the zoo).
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.
The 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.
“The 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 mesh.
Channeling 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.
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 1pm - 6pm and by appointment
Location: 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Gallery Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm happy to announce that I've been accepted into the Bronx Museum's Artist in the Marketplace Program for next year. I'm excited to be a part of this great group of artists. More information on the Bronx Museum's Biennial Exhibition coming in the spring!
Thursday, December 8–Sunday, December 18
Adrienne Elise Tarver. Courtesy of Victori + Mo.
2. Adrienne Elise Tarver, “Stories of Shadows” at Victori + Mo
Don’t feel too bad about the voyeuristic nature of Adrienne Elise Tarver’s new video work, eight video vignettes of rooms in someone’s home. The artist has constructed an entire fictional persona for the resident, named “Vera Otis,” based on a found photograph of an anonymous black woman in glasses. According to the gallery Otis, whose name is a play on the word veritas, “acts as a surrogate for Tarver who, as a woman of color, finds Otis’s life a comforting place to imbue her hopes and fears upon.”
Location: Victori + Mo, 56 Bogart St
Time: Opening reception, December 9, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.; Thursday–Sunday, 1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
I'm honored to be featured in Peripheral Vision, No. 2 in a compelling and insightful article about my recent work by Lisa Volpe, Associate Curator, Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
The Numinous Artwork of Adrienne Elise Tarver
by Lisa Volpe
Numen is the best word. Though this term—drawn from Roman paganism—is far removed from our contemporary context, it remains the best description of the method by which artist Adrienne Elise Tarver’s project succeeds. A numen is a spirit, especially one believed to inhabit a particular object. Though the word might seem foreign or antiquated, the concept is familiar, even in our digital age. We all have a tendency to collect numinous objects: the tassel from your graduation cap, a pressed flower from a romantic date, or a scruffy teddy bear that is emblematic of childhood. Numinous objects “concretize [the] abstract.” With these objects, concepts such as being, time, and/or memory are embodied in the tangible. This connection is not inherent; instead it is created and can die away. A numinous object exists as long as a single person remembers the connection between the object and the significant person, place, or event it references. In the same way, a numen loses its power when all those who remember the association are lost.
Numinous objects reveal more than memories, they speak to psychological needs. Psychologist Paul Bloom argues that the history of an object changes how we experience it. Bloom emphasizes that our pleasure with an object increases with knowledge of its history. In short, we desire objects with history. In her work, Tarver builds upon this connection between objects, history, and desire in order to investigate issues of transgression and voyeurism. In her multi-media installation, Eavesdropping, Tarver constructs and presents a host of numinous objects, making concrete the abstract concepts of knowledge and desire...
Next month, I'm excited to open the first of two solo shows at Victori+Mo in Brooklyn, NY.
Stories of Shadows by ADRIENNE ELISE TARVER
DECEMBER 8 – 18, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 6-9PM
VICTORI + MO is proud to present Stories of Shadows, an exhibition of recent video work and new installation from Adrienne Elise Tarver exploring voyeuristic notions of insider, outsider and the other, opening December 8, 2016 and on view through December 18, 2016. An opening reception will be held on December 9.
Stories of Shadows expands upon an iteration of the artist’s Eavesdropping series in which Tarver constructed a fictional narrative around a found photograph of a black woman. Wearing glasses and facing the camera, this woman’s anonymity captivated Tarver, who created a fictional identity for her including details about her domestic life. Tarver named the woman Vera Otis (“veritas,” or, truth) as a reminder that nothing about her is, in fact, true. In many ways, Vera Otis acts as a surrogate for Tarver who, as a woman of color, finds Otis’s life a comforting place to imbue her hopes and fears upon...
...Following Stories of Shadows, Tarver will receive a second exhibition at Victori + Mo on February 17 – March 19, 2017 where she will continue to explore themes of voyeurism and otherness moving between innocent observance toward moral intrusion. For the February exhibition, Tarver will create an installation of paintings and sculptures forming a jungle which one has to navigate through, while alternating between being the voyeur and the object of desire.
Thursday – Sunday, 1pm – 6pm
And by appointment
56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Read the full press release here: http://victorimo.com/stories-of-shadows/
Childhood Cancer Society Benefit - Monday, October 17
On Stellar Rays Gallery. 213 Bowery, New York, NY (http://www.childhoodcancersociety.org)
BRIC Gala Auction - Tuesday, October 25
BRIC Arts Media, 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY (501auctions.com/2016bricgala)
Support a great arts institution and buy the work of one of many great artists online at 501auctions.com. Or better yet, buy a ticket to the party and bid in person!
Pulse/ Trigger – Sine Gallery - Reception: Saturday, Nov. 12 (show opens Nov. 4)
972 Broad Street, Newark, NJ (walkable from Newark Penn Station)
Talented artists and curators, Patricia Brace and Katie Hector are taking over Solo(s) Project House in Newark for a 3-month curatorial residency. I will be installing my large, hanging piece, “Veil,” along with some watercolor pieces in the inaugural group show in November amongst some other amazing artists.
Plus One (+1) - Trestle Contemporary Art Gallery - Opening: Friday, Nov. 18 - 7-9pm
850 3rd Ave, 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY
Come see Trestle’s new space in Industry City with this inaugural group show. I've invited my friend and artist, Rita Leduc to show her work as my plus one.
Solo Exhibition – Victori+Mo Gallery - Opening December 9 (show dates Dec. 8 - 23)
56 Bogart Street, (Bushwick) Brooklyn, NY
Delve into the home of Ms. Vera Otis with my show at this great Bushwick gallery.
I will be opening my studio for Gowanus Open Studios next weekend--come see my new work, works in progress, and the work of the artists who share my studio building.
400 3rd Ave., (Gowanus) Brooklyn, NY
Studio open from 12 - 6 pm Saturday and Sunday, October 15 & 16.
Learn more about Gowanus Open Studios here
I'm happy to be in such good company in the 30 Under 30ish show at Victori+Mo Gallery in Bushwick (56 Bogart).
30 Under 30ish
JULY 8 – JULY 31, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JULY 8, 6-9PM
VICTORI + MO is proud to present 30 Under 30ish, an exhibition of 30 works by 30 professional artists under 30ish years old, opening July 8 and on view through July 30.
A satirical commentary on the various and ostensibly influential “power” lists published by Forbes, Time, and the like, this aptly titled exhibition highlights the contradictory emotions that rest on the fringe of such rankings. These lists hold a place in media history, and despite being founded on the premise of headline alliteration, landing a spot on any of them is like capturing a trophy of cultural and professional worthiness amongst peers.
We strive to be recognized as top performers by the media machine operators we’ve never met, however we also understand the somewhat dogmatic and nuanced publication of these lists. Young professionals are striving to change the world today at an increasingly fast pace. We’re all racing towards some top spot somewhere, list or no list. So while we’re all pushing each other to higher success through healthy competition faster than rankings can, we can remove the power from the power-list makers and simply lend praise to the highly talented individuals in our contexts.
At the end of the day, these 30 artists are young professionals that VICTORI + MO admire, respect and would like to lend that praise to:
Del Hardin Hoyle
Adrienne Elise Tarver
Rachel Mica Weiss
About VICTORI + MO
VICTORI+ MO is a collaboration of curators, dealers, 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.
Thursday – Sunday, 1pm – 6pm
And by appointment
56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
I spoke with my friend and artist, James Powers, about my show at BRIC this past March. Read our conversation, touching on topics of alter egos, the suburbs, and nightmares at On-verge.org.
I'm proud to be a part of the inaugural exhibition of Unisex Salon...
We are pleased to announce a new collective space, Unisex Salon. Taking our name from the business that previously occupied the storefront, we are using the salon, in the art historical sense, as a model for the space. The complete conceptual and structural armature of this endeavor is still in progress, but we hope to create a space for conversation and community.
With this in mind, we invited a group of artists to join this conversation with us, and present incomplete works from their studios. In the Works includes pieces by Eric Ashcraft, Ben Thorp Brown, Emmy Catedral, Oasa DuVerney, Melisa Hopson, Kricket Lane, Phi Nguyen, Shawn Powell, James Powers, Sophia Rauch, Winslow Smith, Quintin Rivera-Toro, and Adrienne Tarver.
Please join us Sunday, April 3rd, 2-6pm at 133 Manhattan Ave for unfinished art in an unfinished space.
Jonathan Elliott, Brian Hubble, Sean Ward, Annie Wischmeyer
My work is featured on the Spring BRIC Brochure and information about my upcoming show inside!