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Tucker Neel: Confabulations at Commissary Arts

VENICE, CA.- Commissary Arts is pleased to announce Confabulations, a solo show by Los Angeles based artist Tucker Neel. Fascinated by the ways people attempt to capture memory in a material form, Neel uses his polymorphous practice to investigate overlooked and unintentional monuments and memorials to better understand how people mark and archive both personal and collective experience. For this exhibition, Neel presents hundreds of subjective drawings executed in the past year. At first created inadvertently as a way to pass time, the work reflects the transitory, imperfect and befuddling nature of personal memory.

Each 8 ½ x 5 ½ inch drawing contains an image and a text that relate to each other if only tenuously. Populated by bandaged aristocrats, frustrated debutantes, overdressed crocodiles, and a steady stream of countless unexpected figures, Neel’s drawings appear fresh, playful and spontaneous. When accompanied by humorous, prescient, bawdy and sometimes downright disturbing texts, his drawings take on new meaning, become stories, placards, and signposts for passing thoughts, observations or quotations. At times, the resulting compositions are direct and easy to understand and sometimes they are quizzical, even impenetrable.

With each passing day the exhibition will change as the works shuffle and move around the gallery; drawings leave the walls upon purchase only to be replaced by a seemingly endless stream of even more works. Viewing and re-encountering these drawings throughout the run of the exhibition is sure to delight, amuse and captivate each visitor. For more information and to see more works by the artist please visit

The exhibition runs from January 19, 2008 to March 1, 2008. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, January 19, 2008 from 5 to 8pm. Commissary Arts is a new gallery space in Venice presenting work by emerging and mid-career contemporary artists based in Southern California through a mix of solo and group exhibitions.

The gallery is located at 68 N. Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291. Gallery hours are Thursday & Friday 12-5pm, Saturday 12-6pm, and by appointment.

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