Thursday, April 9, 2009

Tara Tucker / Foreign Relations

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Rena Bransten Gallery
77 Geary Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Tara Tucker’s exhibit, Foreign Relations, consists of highly representational graphite drawings on paper and an equally detailed textile "drawing" that open a window into the future. Her subjects are new world life forms that have evolved together to survive climactic and environmental changes or some global catastrophe. They are also, Tucker admits, self-portraits incorporating her personal history, relationships, and experiences that may find thematic parallels in the human condition - both emotional and physical. The "humanity" of these melded plant and animal life-forms is reflected in their eyes, postures, and situations. Because of Tucker's exquisite hyper-real draftsmanship, her creatures are convincing harbingers of a post-apocalyptic world, and coupled with her logical symbiotic connections, they have the discomforting veracity of documentary photographs.

Tucker was born in 1970 in Santa Barbara, California. She received her BFA (1992) and her MFA (1994) from the California College of the Arts. Foreign Relations is her second solo exhibition at Rena Bransten Gallery. Tucker has had solo exhibitions at the Musée d’Honeur Miniscule, New Langton Arts, San Francisco and OSP Gallery in Boston. Her drawings and sculptures are in group exhibitions currently at the de Saisset Museum's Natural Blunders show in Santa Clara through this month and at the Gatehouse Gallery at the di Rosa Preserv's (un)Natural exhibit in Napa through June 13. Tucker currently lives in Berkeley and is an art instructor at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, Ca.

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