Conduit Gallery presents Keer Tanchak: "Pizza Boats" opening reception
Conduit Gallery will present a solo exhibition of work by Dallas-based artist, Keer Tanchak.
A witty, considerate British Columbian, Tanchak has always been deeply curious about the lives of others. Her work shows her palpable need to connect with the postures, dress and ceremony of bygone eras. Her figures, historical portraits of propriety and pomp, are painted with brevity, and she sometimes produces the same image in multiples, trying on different color and texture combinations. The material, hand-cut slices of aluminum, is inspired by the folk art style of the Ex-Voto and Retablo paintings of Latin-America. Works in this style, Tanchak muses, are often nailed directly to the wall, as she is known to exhibit her own works. This interaction with the material brings to mind concerns of what is really precious, and what is considered luxurious across different cultural and political contexts. The subject of Tanchak’s interest of late is the Ukrainian ceramicist Oksana Zhnikrup (1931- 1993), whose porcelain figures are as expressive as they are gentle. Recently, two of Zhnikrup’s figures were licensed and replicated exactly by American artist Jeff Koons.
For "Pizza Boats," Tanchak will utilize the intimate scale of the Project Room to create an installation of paintings that speaks to her interest in theatricality and performance in the context of contemporary painting practices.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through March 30.