12.11.2012

tamara ke: we do not have to worry about the thieves

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 “Everlastingly unfolding dynamic, something ex-static. Potlatch. Anarchy in a new way – to treat this world as one, undivided gulp. Where vital wind of unlimited desire joins pain and pleasure, deprived word and psalm, dark abyss and transparency of the heights of mountains. Here, within this new world castles are built out of boiling magma and we are knights of desire – able to turn colors into substance of seduction. This new desire chants with the most precious lyrics ever: ‘Remember only what you easily can forget.’ Not political, beyond social or linguistic, this is anarchy of (nomadian) consciousness.” — TKE


TKE's colors are hallucinatory spectra. Thieves might avoid her grids; these images could be traps. A faux-naive touch recalls Sonia Delaunay channelled through A. R. Penck. Something like the back of Philip Guston's head re-genders as a bit(ten) player in a sad play about clowns. The Tarot may be in order.  An egret casts an aura of salvation over the loss of a child by drowning, or drawing. Tamara is evading the curatoriat. She's in a game of hide and sink.  Things submerge in the 'sticky sublime' of her oil-gashes.  She doesn't take 'no' for an answer. 

Tamara's oil stick drawings from the project 'we do not have to worry about thieves' were installed along a black tape/white wall grid--almost like a geologic timeline-- for the exhibition "Disoriented Orientation/Oriented Disorientation," at Wharton+Espinoza, Los Angeles, November 15 to January 4, 2013. To the Pharmakon Library, she is contributing these four images, which as drawings are oil on paper, 18 x 12 inches each.

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Tamara K.E. was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, and lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her master’s degree from Academy of Art Düsseldorf (2002). She represented Georgia in the 50th Venice Biennial and the 1st Prague Biennial in 2003. She has participated in museum shows that include Kunsthalle Hamburg (Hamburg), CoBrA Museum (Amsterdam), Daimler Contemporary (Berlin), House of Artists (Moscow), Van der Heydt Museum (Wuppertal), Museum für Neue Kunst (Freiburg), Whitechapel Gallery (London), Museum voor Schone Kunsten (Oostende), Sprengel Museum (Hannover), Suermondt-Ludwig Museum (Aachen), and Museum am Ostwall (Dortmund).