Western Project is proud to present the third solo exhibition by Los Angeles artist, Tanya Batura. Titled, "Achromic", this body of sculptures are heroic in scale and mounted on multi-faceted wood plinths. More idiosyncratic than ever, Batura's new works utilize classical Greco-Roman stylization juxtaposed with geometric interruptions in both form and surface. The sculptures and plinths are a pristine, anonymous white. The use of white color recalls marble stone, while the geometric interruptions possibly allude to historic or chipped works from another culture. The influence of the 19th century artist Canova is also most evident in this body of work; Batura's 'heads' refer to his minimalist portraits, though speak of a fusion of technology and the human body. The pieces are built by hand with out assistants or molds; painstakingly crafted out of clay and sprayed with thirty plus layers of acrylic paint. It is Batura's meticulous tweaking of conventional formalism that gives a sensual and often erotic sensibility to the works. Clearly in the lineage of the late Louise Bourgeois and John McCracken, her sculptures present both a psychological intimacy and a removal of personality; perhaps a conceptual control of form and desire, now the perfect image.
Batura will be featured in the upcoming exhibition, Meticulosity, curated by Meg Linton and John O'Brian at Otis College of Art and Design April 28 - July 7, 2012
Batura's sculptures are in the collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas, Portland Art Museum, Oregon, and the Arizona State University Art Museum. She has been featured in Beautiful Decay magazine and has exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States.