Robert Tarbell
Bird - Like Things in Things Like Trees
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Les Yeux du MondeBird - Like Things in Things Like Trees
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Les Yeux du MondeBird - Like Things in Things Like Trees
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Les Yeux du Monde

Blubber
Early BlubberBird - Like Things in Things Like Trees
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Les Yeux du Monde

Rooster
Rouge Queue Noir (by John Alexander)Bird - Like Things in Things Like Trees
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Les Yeux du MondeObscura Horn: I Woke Up in a Camera Obscura
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Les Yeux du MondeBird - Like Things in Things Like Trees
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Les Yeux du Monde

Cuckoo (Begging Call)
Obscura Horn: I Woke Up in a Camera Obscura
Horn: WarblerBird - Like Things in Things Like Trees
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Les Yeux du Monde

Obscura Horn: I Woke Up in a Camera ObscuraBird - Like Things in Things Like Trees
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Les Yeux du Monde

Volee et Brulee seriesBird - Like Things in Things Like Trees
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Les Yeux du Monde

Horn: WarblerBird - Like Things in Things Like Trees
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Les Yeux du Monde

InksMilkMiss Couvade Syndrome 2010PopCuckoo (Begging Call)It's A Girl 4 (winter coat)Pink & Blue 4 - 1CuckooPlumb 1Pink & Blue 4 - 2It's A Girl 2Plumb 2It's A Girl 3It's A Girl 1BlubberWarblerRoosterVolée et Brûlée N&L 15Volée et Brûlée 3Volée et Brûlée 1Volée et Brûlée 2Volée et Brûlée 4Volée et Brûlée 5Volée et Brûlée Couvade 5Bird-Like Things in Things Like Trees
Bird-Like Things and Things Like Trees
With Bird–Like Things in Things Like Trees, my interest lies in fabricating
immediate yet elusive objects. These slippery icons originated from attempts to construct unfamiliar birds and beings based on interpreted, interrupted, or fleeting encounters while in a seemingly familiar yet foreign place. That intent was entangled, energized, and distracted by the excitement and expectation of significant change.

The work embraces the ideas of suspension, fecundity, and recollection through material, conceptual, and stylistic concerns. Imagery hovers between the representational and abstract while resting in the uncanny. The origin of each piece hides in plain sight, pausing briefly along the evolution and migration of actual facts through romanticized recollection. The paintings and drawings employ an ambiguous ground through the removal of spatial context and by layering transparent, reflective, and repeated elements from early ink studies. Smoke, inks, mediums and pigments involving the suspension of particles seem to hover above the paper surface and translucent polyester grounds stretched on sculptural formats.

Deliberately conditional, the work is dependent on projected and reflected light. On panel pieces, direct light illuminates sides or splits creating a bounce of pinkish orange light. With the polyester canvases, light initially passes through the ink and reflects off the under layer of mirrored mylar, creating patterns and echoes of the ink image on the polyester surface. As the viewer passes, layers compress or pull apart or hover while the reflected light image appears or disappears. The translucent mirrored glass horns accept and reflect the surrounding environment while projecting sound and images through concealed speakers and pico projectors embedded within.
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