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Mixed Greens Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Topoanalysis
531 W.26th St.
New York, NY


March 21st, 2013 - May 24th, 2013
Opening: 
March 21st, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
, Ann TarantinoAnn Tarantino
© Courtesy of the artist & Mixed Greens Gallery
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Mixed Greens is thrilled to present a site-specific installation
by Pennsylvania-based artist Ann Tarantino. The intricate,
laser-cut patterns in Topoanalysis fill the windows, interrupting
the colored light emanating from behind the glass.
For the past decade, Tarantino has made works on paper that
obliquely and simultaneously reference the language of natural
science and that of information visualization. The delicate
patterning in her imagery is influenced by her time living in
Japan and her deep interest in the human body; the marks
conjure the nervous system, tidal pools, sea creatures,
electrical impulses, coded communication, underground
networks, and aerial maps. To create these fertile abstractions,
Tarantino has developed a labor-intensive process involving
her own breath. Using ink and a straw, she creates delicate
webs that suggest replication and growth, exploring her place
in the world and what it looks like to be alive.
In recent years, Tarantino has made works that fully explore the
physicality of drawing by using the architecture of her
exhibition space as her canvas. Chance phenomena, cracks,
curves, and moldings influence her as much as the foliage,
social networks, and technology present on the site. The
resulting piece is part of the fabric of the building.
In Topoanalysis, Tarantino integrates her drawing into the
architecture once again. Responding to the site, she moves
away from the hand and employs technology to create
laser-cut gestures that veil the Mixed Greens windows.
Although this puzzle is ultimately drawn with a machine, she
successfully utilizes science to create an organic, unexpected
experience on 26th Street. The associations conjured in her
hand drawings remain, with the windows simultaneously
appearing fractured, overgrown, and teeming with living
organisms, all the while filtering a mysterious light from within.
Ann Tarantino lives and works in State College, PA. Since
receiving her BA at Brown University and her MFA at the
Pennsylvania State University, she has shown widely. Solo
exhibition venues include neutron tokyo, Tokyo, Japan;
Curator’s Office, Washington, DC; and Kisara-do, Kyoto,
Japan. She completed a two-person exhibition at AMOAArthouse
in Austin, TX, in early 2013. Group exhibitions
venues include Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA;
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI;
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; Lloyd Dobler
Gallery, Chicago, IL; Mixed Greens, NYC; University of
Richmond Art Museums, Richmond, VA; Galerie Vysehrad,
Prague, Czech Republic; and the National Czech and Slovak
Museum, Cedar Rapids, IA. She was awarded residencies at
Soaring Gardens and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work
has been discussed in the Philadelphia Enquirer, Washington
City Paper, Austin’s Statesman, Washington Post, and
Chicago’s Newcity, among others.


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