Galleri Urbane presents Loring Taoka: "Counteract" opening reception
The trompe l’oeil tradition of painting is one that spans back for many centuries. A French term that literally translates to ‘deceive the eye,’ the technique is one that creates the perception of three-dimensional space that is ultimately provoked and interrupted by a flat, two-dimensional picture plane, often rousing a perplexing moment of reflection within viewers. The discovery of mathematically correct perspective during the Renaissance allowed for early examples of this phenomenon in painting and drawing, which continued and became pushed to the extreme by artists ever since.
Loring Taoka’s paintings in “Counteract,” then, can be viewed as an extension of the trompe l’oeil practice in 2018. And while numerous artists have contributed to the genre over the course of art history, Taoka has managed to present a unique and refreshingly innovative take that collectors have come to prize. Abandoning the traditional canvas or panel surface, his paintings are created on sheets of clear plexiglass that seem to disappear altogether when viewed from certain angles, complicating the idea of a fixed, stable ground. As light passes through the paintings, shadows of the painted two-dimensional objects fall on the wall behind them, solidifying their potential for sharing our three-dimensional existence in the world.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through March 24.