Black and Bloom
Exhibition Dates: February 8 - March 29
Artist's Opening Reception:
Saturday, February 8
Also exhibiting at Ars Libri
Opening February 7
"Everything seems poised between voluptuousness and rot, at once gorgeous and doomed."
- Vince Aletti, The New Yorker
Paulette Tavormina's work walks the line between life and death, coming and going. Her work has a real pulse on organic cycle. This exhibition showcases old and new works by the artist. Tavormina draws inspiration from 17th century Old Master still lives and 17th and 18th century botanical drawings; these influences have driven her Natura Morta and Botanical series respectively, and samples of both series will be on view in Black and Bloom. Tavormina's works are painterly and precise. Roundly lit crystal clear frames are bold and dramatic. A black background makes colors feel more rich and full, and a lovely rhythm causes the eye to dance and flow through the scenes. It is hard to look away from a frame our eyes become so perfectly engaged.
Where Natura Morta embraced traditional aspects of still life painting, Botanical explodes tradition. Flowers and insects scatter and it is as if we are looking at a traditional arrangement deconstructed. Still, we find ourselves satisfied. Our eye is free to wander and flow through the scene and the power to the elements holds. While not as "classic" as the Natura Morta work Botanical operates on a similar plane, becoming contemporary counterpart in the tradition of the still life.
Tavormina's photographs are in museum, corporate, and private colletions and have been exhibited in Paris, London, Moscow, Lugano, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, and Chicago.
Ars Libri and Robert Klein Gallery:
In June 2012, Robert Klein Gallery began a long-term collaboration with Ars Libri, the rare and out-of-print bookdealer, to host satellite installations in the South End bookstore. Exhibits at Ars Libri supplement the gallery shows with additional works and printed material.
For more information on this exhibition, please visit Robert Klein Gallery.
Paulette Tavormina, Botanical V (Peonies and Wisteria), 2013, Courtesy of robert Klein Gallery