September 18 – October 19, 2014 / Tuesday - Saturday 11am – 6pm

Tambaran Gallery 5 East 82nd St. New York

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 18, 7-10pm

InSitu Works and Trotta-Bono Contemporary are pleased to present References, a group exhibition featuring the work of Aldo Chaparro, Brian Prugh, Victor Rodriguez, and Misha Tyutyunik. The artists included in this exhibition present a diverse selection framed by a shared engagement in that which influences their distinct styles. The referent is integrated through various media: steel, fabric, and paint.

About the Artists:

Aldo Chaparro centers his work on sculpture and design. Through aluminum and stainless steel, Chaparro references the shiny surfaces of the media world in all its resilience and glamour. His sculptural constructions function as goggles, allowing one to experience a distorted version of reality. In his most recent work, Chaparro combines the steel’s sensuous curves with Islamic geometry. This geometry jalousies the sculpture’s reflecting capabilities, resulting in a second layer of distortion.

Brian Prugh creates his tulle works by attaching layers of cut fabric to a wooden frame. Each layer is separated by a thin stripe of wood. The result creates interference (moiré) patterns that change as the viewer changes position. Most, but not all, of the marks on the tulle are created by cutting out words. Prugh’s reference in this body of work is the poem from which the words are taken: the opening stanza of Ben Lerner’s Mean Free Path.

I finished the reading and looked up

Changed in the familiar ways. Now for a quiet place

To begin the forgetting. The little delays

Between sensations, the audible absence of rain

Take the place of objects. I have some questions

But they can wait. Waiting is the answer

I was looking for. Any subject will do

So long as it recedes. Hearing the echo

Of your own blood in the shell but picturing

The ocean is what I meant by

Victor Rodriguez’s hyper-realistic paintings explore the perception of memory, as seen through the intricate reproduction and deconstruction of photographs. He creates his finished works by painting and repainting photographs, allowing them to transform into fractured compositions with unexpected colors. Rodriguez likens this process to the ways in which memories can cause one to re-imagine the present by reworking traces of the past.

Influenced by Social Realism, German Expressionism and Japanese prints, Misha Tyutyunik blends graphic, figurative painting with sweeping landscapes and nostalgic environments that speak to the sensibilities of the human condition. Utilizing subdued colors, intense brush strokes, and detailed patterns, Misha creates reflections of American culture that reveal a false sense of security. 

Trotta-Bono Contemporary is an art brokerage business. Based in New York City, TBC grew out of an established family tribal art company. Trotta-Bono Contemporary offers services ranging from artist representation to collection formation of investment quality art.  

Tambaran Gallery is one of New York City's oldest Tribal Art galleries specializing in museum quality pieces. Founded in 1979 by Maureen Zarember, the gallery offers unrivaled expertise in African, Oceanic, and North-West Coast American art to private collectors and museums.