Tal R

15 Apr - 21 May 2011

© Tal R
The Beginner, 2010
Rabbit glue, pigment and crayon on canvas
60x50 cm
The Pyjamas
15 April - 21 May, 2011

Sommer Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the first solo show of Israeli-born, Danish artist TAL R with the gallery.
In The Pyjamas, TAL R presents 13 new paintings that reaffirm his versatile reputation as a painter.
Exhibitionism and the stage are recurrent themes in TAL R's works, such as in reference to the circus in Voulez vouz coucher avec moi and in Man One Giant. In other works we, the viewers, participate in the scenes as voyeurists looking in on a parade of characters and semi-hidden spectacles that unfold before our eyes. This is the case when observing the temptress in Girl from Wall Nut, the provocatively bent woman in The Behind, and the photographer facing the viewer in The Camera. In terms of imagery, TAL R’s paintings amalgamate both high and low sources – ranging from music, cinematography and quotations from art history to urban night life and street graffiti.
Whereas in his earlier works the artist applied oil paint directly from the tube, in his new works he uses a unique mixture of rabbit skin glue and pigments. Following the Renaissance tradition of coating the canvas with animal skin glue, the artist applies this mixture directly onto the unprimed canvas, and in some instances then draws on the painted surface with wax crayons.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, TAL R lives and works in Copenhagen. He has had solo exhibitions at Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (2010), Magasin 3, Stockholm (2009), Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tübingen (2009), Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht (2008), Camden Arts Centre, London (2008), Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, Denmark (2007), and Kunsthalle Mannheim (2007); he has an upcoming solo exhibition in Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany.

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