All Ages reawakens the cut and paste culture of those punk rock Xerox collages.
December 5th, 2013 - January 2014 - Rob Tarbell - "All Ages"
Opening reception: Thursday, December 5th 2013
149 Orchard ST - NYC 10002
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
KRAUSE GALLERY is pleased to announce the opening exhibition of new smoke and mixed media
works by Rob Tarbell - “All Ages”
Rob Tarbell Artist Statement:
Joe Strummer, cofounder, lyricist & lead vocalist of The Clash has said, “I don't like saying,
'You're a punk or you're not.'“
Now-a-days we are all a little “punk”, but In the garageland of punk rock music culture circa
1980, necessity meant show flyers were made with limited tools and resources – scissors, glue, some sort of image - found or created and a Xerox machine. These tools were immediate, available and affordable and the results were as merciless and gorgeous as they were beloved and derided.”
The advent of desktop computers came during my own brief professional music career
sometime after this. Computers provided quick and easy wizardry to create slick and clean
artwork for my show flyers and album art, but these computer-generated images somehow
lacked character and soul. My music and art-making lives were kept separate. I knew there
were connections, but I never capitalized on the impulses to employ the visual side of music as subject matter for my fine art. That changed after recently reading this quote from Joe
Strummer. I suddenly became aware of the similarity between what I had been doing in those formative years with what I am doing in my studio now.
All Ages reawakens the cut and paste culture of those punk rock Xerox collages. The
unpredictable black tones of the Xerox have been replaced by smoke, captured to create an
image on a surface. The imagery itself is paradoxical in nature addressing both the fictional and the documentary and parallels the process; balancing accident with control; orchestrating chaos. The process encourages and discourages the flow of smoke, transposing the photographs and collages into ‘cover’ versions of the originals.
For further information, to preview the exhibition or to arrange an interview with the artist,
Photographs and hi-resolution images available on request. ##