Joan Tanner: Flaw

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Californian artist Joan Tanner’s oeuvre has evolved from her origins as a painter to the large sculptures and installations that now preoccupy her. Throughout her prolific, 60 year career Tanner has been absorbed with ideas of history, disruption, and inconsistency in her exploration of materials and form. Compelled by a “curiosity to engage contradiction” and an impulse to disrupt “assumptions about spatial relations,” Tanner’s work challenges the viewer’s imagination and refuses simple categorization.

FLAW is a site-specific installation in the second floor gallery at the CAC. Tanner says that “in one sense I’m thinking of the definition of FLAW as a short explosive storm, a squall.” She sees FLAW “as an encounter with the challenging and powerful Brutalist aesthetic of Zaha Hadid’s architecture,” and describes it as a form that “accelerates” through the gallery space, “a mangled ‘wave’ made primarily with generic industrial materials.”

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