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Disappeared and Vanished at Tinney Contemporary

Without a Trace

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Are artists’ statements essential for art? Is it better to know what was on the artist’s mind, or to dream up your own contexts for a work’s sensual details? Eduardo Terranova’s multimedia and collage-based paintings raise this question; the Colombian-born artist sees his work as “memorializing and honoring the disappeared, not only those of … Colombia, where tens of thousands of people have been kidnapped, tortured, killed or simply ‘vanished,’ but also those of other world communities, forming a collective memory.” The viewer could be forgiven for not picking this up on first viewing; the works, in muted shades of taupe (Terranova makes washes from coffee and wine) are beautifully composed abstracts with hints of representation — “Tracings” looks like a schematic map, or farmland viewed from above. But even if you miss the extra layer of political significance, these works are powerful and evocative.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Feb. 6. Continues through Feb. 27, 2010

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