Armor As a State of Mind
ARTIST BRINGING 27 ARMORED CHILDREN TO COBLESKILL AS RESPONSE TO SCHOOL MASSACRES
ARMOR AS A STATE OF MIND
Sculpture and Drawings by KATE TAVERNA
July 30-September 10, 2022
Exhibition Opening Saturday, July 30, 2022, 5 PM
JEFF TUFANO GALLERY – 548 Main Street, Cobleskill, NY
Gallery Hours: Weekends 12-4pm, M-F by appointment 917.717.1927
“The continued slaughter of innocent schoolchildren has compelled me to reassemble 27 of my woven steel child-sized figures which toured the world in the 1990s. Most of them were created before the devastating massacre at Columbine in 1999.” -- Kate Taverna
THE KIDS installation depicts a children’s playground from hell where armor-clad child sculptures form a tableau of aggressive games and activities, bullying, fighting, competing, climbing the walls. The anachronistic reference to medieval armor can also appear futuristic.
“It’s a war being waged on ourselves,” says Taverna, “and it’s escalating. That’s why I need to show this work now.”
The other half of the show presents another form of armor as a state of mind. Commenting on herTaverna’s visionary new pastel and charcoal drawings of SHELLS, Taverna explains: . “I imagine them in motion and defending themselves against predators as well as the contaminated tides of our polluted oceans.”,” the artist explains.
Accompanying the drawings are large woven steel sculptures inspired by shells and sea life. They mimic the rusted hulks of abandoned ships on the world’s shores. The artist says, “I chose to memorialize the hidden inside and outside architecture of shells in an imaginary way.“
KATE TAVERNA is an artist and filmmaker who wants to change the world. Her art influences her filmmaking and film influences her art making. Taverna moves between drawing on paper to weaving metal strips into human, animal and architectural forms. Her dramatically lit sculptural installations evoke the effects of climate change, warfare, violence, homelessness and social displacement. Taverna’s art is in private collections in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. She lives with her husband in downtown Manhattan and has a studio in the Catskills.
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