Voyeurism, boundaries, and discovery were the recurring themes found throughout Secrets of Leaves, Adrienne Elise Tarver’s second solo exhibition with VICTORI+MO.
As previous occasions, the white cube gallery became an open canvas for the artist in residency. Secrets of Leaves’ assortment of green tones and multidimensional compositions exuded a surrealistic feeling of being in the tropics. A combination of paintings and sculptures made to look like leaves sprawling from the walls can be easily camouflaged when admire from afar.
Secrets of Leaves encouraged the art watcher to become one with the presentation by walking through, around, and over as if you would during a hike through the jungle.
“Secrets of Leaves also subverts normative notions of the masculine-feminine binary. The sculptures use housebuilding materials but appear delicate for instance points resembling delicately woven lace are in reality caulking on mesh.”
The continuing exploration is meant to lead the art observer to new discovery throughout the installation. “The viewer, seduced by colors and textures, is lost in dense and tactile walls of tropical foliage, often missing the figures existing within the artwork.” A lounging figure wearing a white bikini bottom can be noticed behind the foliage in one of the paintings. Another one displayed a brick wall almost concealed by similar foliage. The makeshift concrete tropical jungle complemented Pantone’s 2017 color of the year; Greenery, and the Climate Change movement.
“Channeling the tropics and the legacy of imperialism, the paintings in this series are in conversation with not just the practices of Henri Rousseau and Paul Gauguin but also the real-world implication of their art, and recall the vibrancy and visual signatures of Chris Ofili and Peter Doig.”
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