Joan Tanner’s ‘The False Spectator’ introduces a populous of vertical structures - troughs, columns, skeletal wedge-shapes and ribbed arches made of conduit, sheet metal, wood and plastic webbing - into the vast central gallery at Suyama Space. Strategically placed to interfere and disrupt resolution, these forms and groupings address issues of passage and waiting, of keeping and storing before transport.
Ideas that emerged during her first visit to Suyama Space in 2014, these constructions variously skinned with wood veneer, industrial sandpaper and Styrofoam™, stand densely mounted on the floor in the context of a large array. They reflect the concept of objects dispossessed of location; possibly abandoned and left as scrapped containers, failed conductors and ill made remnants: a collision of obstructions. Tanner began her career as a painter, and in recent years has mainly exhibited her work in sculpture and installation.
The artist’s reception was held on Friday, January 15, from 5 to 7pm, and Tanner offered a presentation of her work the following day, on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at noon.
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