Tavares Strachan

Sometimes Lies are Prettier

London16 Mar – 21 Apr 2011
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  • Fresh from his recent one man show at MIT List, in Massachusetts, this will be his first solo exhibition in the UK. In “Sometimes Lies are Prettier” the artist explores the controversy of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama, kidnapped, and replaced by their own candidate, by the Chinese authorities in May 1995 only days after he was identified by the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama. Renowned for his almost obsessive immersion in his subject matter – Strachan has not only trained as a deep sea diver but also as an astronaut – the works will examine some of the themes familiar to those who have followed his impressive – and still young, career. Invisibility and disappearance, the phenomena of existing in more than one place, duplication and the notion of the impossible thread through and inform his works which are are highly multidisciplinary, impinging on the world of science and technology, but nonetheless classical in the sense that they draw attention to the existential conditions of human beings and cultural myths. For the duration of the show the familiar space of the gallery will be transformed into darkened rooms housing lightboxes, neon work and a 2000lb ‘invisible’ glass sculpture set inside a tank of mineral oil which appears and disappears as one walks around it.

    • Tavares Strachan
      Child Missing (poster)

      66 x 46 cm (26 x 18 in)
      limited edition of 50

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      Child Missing

      Digital print with silkscreens
      limited edition of 50

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    • Tavares Strachan
      Forensics Photographs age 5 to 22 - Panchen Lama age progressed

      2011
      6 light box images
      Each: 18 x 24 in (46 x 61 in)

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    • Tavares Strachan
      Constellation Experiment Then - Child Panchen Lama

      collage, ink, and pencil on mylar mounted on plexiglass
      150 x 203 cm (59 x 80 in)

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    • Tavares Strachan
      Constellation Experiment Now - Adult Panchen Lama

      collage, ink and pencil on mylar mounted on plexiglass
      150 x 203 cm (59 x 80 in)

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    • Tavares Strachan
      I Am Not Invisible 1 - standing invisible child Lama image - front

      india ink on Mylar
      92 x 150 cm (36 x 59 in)

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      I Am Not Invisible 2 - standing invisible child Lama image - back

      india ink on Mylar
      92 x 150 cm (36 x 59 in)

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    • Tavares Strachan
      I Belong Here

      2011
      floating sculpture in tank
      66 x 66 x 193 cm (26 x 26 x 78 in)

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