Quim Tarrida | “IF YOU BLINK, YOU’LL MISS IT”
Opening: Friday December 9th, 7-11 pm
Dec. 9th – Dec. 30th, 2011
TAG | Toy Art Gallery
“If You Blink, You’ll Miss It” is the artist Quim Tarrida’s first exhibition in the United States. This project is part of the Subheroes Project, which includes a large part of the artist’s multi-disciplinary production from the past few years. The title is derived from a film industry jargon term, which is used to refer to subliminal images inserted in some sequences, and which are imperceptible to the naked eye.
The exhibition consists of an approach to the personal universe of Quim Tarrida, which he himself calls the Subcutanian World, a microcosm inhabited by strange, metamorphic and viral beings, true antiheroes on the verge of the uncanny. Projections of the self or of Neo-pop alter egos, ultra-world characters, compose a unique and prodigious imaginary, and attain form through a series of sculptural pieces, limited ceramic editions, and drawings, notable among which are classical pieces from his iconography, such as Subsub Family, The Soldier, Subcutanian Ninja, Oh Gaar, or his latest productions, Relaxing in Blue and The Monkey Knows.
Quim Tarrida (Barcelona 1967) is a multi-displinary artist whose art production, beyond work related to music and performance, includes photography, video, painting and sculpture, where he also establishes links to the universe of lost childhood. An irretrievable childhood opposed to an adult world in which the oneiric imaginary no longer has a relevant role, and in which the dominant game is established through economic and political interests that lead to power struggles. In short, a world in which play is presented as something far removed from the sweetened image which normally surrounds childhood. Thus, the artist emphasizes the closeness that can exist between play and violence, between reality and fiction. Tarrida works on the limit which swings between the ludic component of the simulacrum of the toy and the military artifact, revealing the weak border which separates one reality from the other.