In her first solo exhibition with Ochi Projects, Adrienne Elise Tarver will present Mirage, a series of figurative water color paintings on card-sized paper depicting nude women in tropical settings. Examining the relationship between women as muses or nymphs, voodoo magic, and swamp environments, Tarver’s work considers associations between representations of race, gender, and location.
Because her subjects are seemingly unaware they are being observed, Tarver’s viewers are placed in voyeuristic positions and the figures challenge tropes of overly sexualized women subjected to the male gaze. The artist also pays tribute to patriarchal, colonialist points of view by placing the brown-skinned women in exotic settings — thereby imbuing them with the mystical quality emblematic of the exhibition’s title, Mirage.
The opening reception for Mirage will be held on Saturday, November 10 from 6 to 9pm.
Adrienne Elise Tarver: Mirage
November 10 – December 15, 2018
3301 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018