September 6 – October 4, 2008 Opening reception Saturday September 6th 5-8pm
Western Project is proud to present Monochroma, the second solo exhibition of sculpture by Tanya Batura. An MFA graduate from UCLA in 2003, Batura continues her exploration of formalism, erotica, and the purity of Antonio Canova’s marble portraits. With astonishing technical wizardry, the artist utilizes her minimal vocabulary to evoke both modern and ancient sensibilities. Each head in this series of seven portraits is painted with a dark coloration, a drastic change from her familiar white works, but now infusing the work with a heightened sense of drama and sensuality. By reducing the images into formal structures, Batura’s stark perfection recalls figures from the Greco-Roman and 19th century Neo-Classical ages, images from the films Dune and Event Horizon and the work of Louise Bourgeois.
Batura’s sculptures are in the collections of the Portland Art Museum in Oregon, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas and the Arizona State University Art Museum. She was recently featured in Beautiful Decay magazine and has shown in museums and galleries across the United States.