On view until August 11th, Tara Walters "Sailing to the Garden Party" and Soft Baroque "Inox Detox" at Barbati Gallery
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On view until August 11th, Tara Walters "Sailing to the Garden Party" and Soft Baroque "Inox Detox" at Barbati Gallery
Installation View at the Barbati Gallery of the exhibitions 'Tara Walters: Sailing to the Garden Party' and 'Soft Baroque: Inox Detox'.

VENICE.- On the occasion of the Venice Architecture Biennale, Barbati Gallery is presenting two new exhibitions conceived especially for the spaces inside Palazzo Lezze in Campo Santo Stefano, Venice. For her first exhibition in Europe, Los Angeles-based artist Tara Walters (b. 1990, Washington D.C.) has produced a series of new paintings titled Sailing for the Garden Party, displayed in the rooms on the Fist Floor.

Walters’ paintings are imbued with sea water, sand and sea shell dust that give the works a subtle and mystical luminescence, capturing the fleeting language of our intuition and memory using elements of the physical world, the starting point of our mind and spirit’s voyages. The colourful dream-like works disguise a profound search for meaning behind the apparent naivety of the subjects; painted air balloons and starry skies reminiscent of childhood become a hypertext that transports the viewer to a liminal state between memory and fantasy.

The title of the exhibition references Katherine Mansfield’s short story “The Garden Party”, an allegoric view of life and death through the distorted lense of one’s perspective on the meaning of reality, which inspired Tara’s works and the following poem:

A map, a sign, be it a shooting star or rainbow
reaffirming that you are on the right course.
a guiding light pulling you in closer and closer
until you land on a bee encrusted air balloon
symbolizing the ever source keeping this garden alive.
be it a nuisance or a gift,
if you disrespect it prepare to be stung.
ouch! goes the naive one.
while those who acknowledge its presence
remain in the pure bliss of the everlasting garden party.

- Tara Walters, 2023

Tara Walters (b. 1990, Washington D.C.) lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her MFA in 2020 from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and her BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles.

In contrast with Tara Walters’ works, London-based design duo Soft Baroque is presenting Inox Detox, a new series of objects inspired by their reflection on the quiet omnipresence of the standard stainless steel tubes.

The stainless steel handrail has become a ubiquitous silver worm in institutions and homes, it is an object that strives to have no aesthetic, practically and culturally sterile in its function.

For Nicholas Gardner (b. 1988) and Saša Štucin (b.1984), this material represents the pervasiveness of a certain brand of corporate modernism, desperate to create value without offense or provocation, a hollow snake silently constricting stairways and balconies indefinitely. In the Inox Detox series, the familiar material is manipulated, rotary laser cut and bent, to offer a new perspective on its conventional connotations and use, as certain architectural and hardware practices seem to have reached a dead end.

Soft Baroque’s study of the stainless steel form breathes visual poetry and a new future by interrupting, twisting and reshaping an object we have become so accustomed to that it has seemingly become overlooked and creatively obsolete.

Soft Baroque has exhibited at the V&A, Christie’s, Somerset House, the Design Museum in London, Swiss Institute, Friedman Benda and Patrick Parrish Gallery in New York, Etage Projects in Copenhagen, Depot Basel in Basel, Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, Collective Design in New York, Nomad in Monaco and St. Moritz, Design Miami/ Basel and latest at last year’s Venice Art Biennale.

Barbati Gallery
Tara Walters: Sailing to the Garden Party
Soft Baroque: Inox Detox
May 17th, 2023 - August 11th, 2023

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