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See Line Gallery

Exhibition Detail
When the Sun Shines, It Does Not Need Proof
8687 Melrose Avenue, Suite B274
West Hollywood, CA 90069


June 21st, 2008 - August 31st, 2008
Opening: 
June 21st, 2008 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bokassa 1977, Central African Republic, Ami TallmanAmi Tallman,
Bokassa 1977, Central African Republic,
2008, ink and watercolor on paper, 5 x 7 inches
© Ami Tallman
Jean-Bédel, Bokassa, Central African Empire, 1977, Ami TallmanAmi Tallman,
Jean-Bédel, Bokassa, Central African Empire, 1977,
2008, colored pencil on polypropylene, 9 x 12 inches
© Ami Tallman
Triumph is Bliss 1977, London, Ami TallmanAmi Tallman, Triumph is Bliss 1977, London,
2008, colored pencil on polypropylene, 9 x 12 inches
© Ami Tallman
"Love Bombing, Miami, 1978" , Ami TallmanAmi Tallman,
"Love Bombing, Miami, 1978" ,
2008, Ink, gouache, and acrylic on acetate, 11 x 14 inches
© Ami Tallman
"The Golden Age, London, 1976", Ami TallmanAmi Tallman,
"The Golden Age, London, 1976",
2008, ink and acrylic on acetate on engraving, 8 x 10 inches
© Ami Tallman
Ecstatic Encounter, Just Outside Bhagwan\'s Rolls, 1983(detail), Ami TallmanAmi Tallman,
Ecstatic Encounter, Just Outside Bhagwan's Rolls, 1983(detail),
2008, ink, watercolor, and acrylic on acetate, 11 x 14 inches
© Ami Tallman
All the people living for today , Ami TallmanAmi Tallman, All the people living for today ,
2008, ink, watercolor, and colored pencil on polypropylene, 9 x 12 inches
© Ami Tallman
"Press Conference, Budapest,1976", Ami TallmanAmi Tallman,
"Press Conference, Budapest,1976",
2008, ink and colored pencil on sanded paper, 12 x 18 inches
© Ami Tallman
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See Line Gallery is pleased to present Ami Tallman’s first solo exhibition, When the Sun Shines, It Does Not Need Proof.

This body of work by Ami Tallman muses on the shared qualities of gurus and dictators, in particular the aesthetic devices used by both to inspire awe and ecstatic devotion amongst their followers. Tallman’s practice draws on images and phrases culled from idiosyncratic research. As she sought materials for this show, Tallman observed a recurrence of charismatic leaders in the 20th century who employed extravagant and sophisticated spectacles to create new, insular societies comprised of fiercely committed followers. The movements these men created usually slipped into violence and paranoia, ending in purges of their inner circles, scandal, and dissolution.

With a lush use of color, Tallman’s use and choice of materials is promiscuous. She combines colored pencil, oil, and ink with other materials, on a wide range of surfaces, yielding a tactile variation which echoes her subjects’ shifts from beatific to vengeful, doting to aloof, delphic to precise. Her work is tinged with foreboding, and both broods and frets on themes of power, hope, bliss, and betrayal. Her whimsical line slips into doubt, its cheer faltering as it encounters gaps on the page. The resultant series of images includes depictions of pageants, expectant throngs, blissed out hippies, banks of microphones, banner-lined streets, shrines, thrones, and of course, gurus and dictators.

Ami Tallman lives and works in Los Angeles. She completed her MFA at Art Center College of Design in 2006. She has exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco and was featured in “15 Artists Under 35” in the May 2008 issue of Art ltd magazine. Tallman was most recently included in Against the Grain, a group show at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions that runs concurrently with this exhibition.


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