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Catherine Tafur    Bald Eagle

2017

archival ink (Sakura Pigma Micron Pen) on paper

12 by 12 in. (ca. 30,5 by 30,5 cm)

 

 

Catherine Tafur    Madman

2017

archival ink (Sakura Pigma Micron Pen) and aluminum foil on paper

12 by 12 in. (ca. 30,5 by 30,5 cm)

 

 

Catherine Tafur    Plague

2017

archival ink (Sakura Pigma Micron Pen) on paper

10 by 8 in. (ca. 25,4 by 20,3 cm)

 

 

Catherine Tafur    Arrival

2017

archival ink (Sakura Pigma Micron Pen) on paper

10 by 7.5 in. (ca. 25,4 by 19 cm)

 

 

Catherine Tafur    Grabbed

2017

archival ink (Sakura Pigma Micron Pen) on paper

7 by 5 in. (ca. 17,8 by 12,7 cm)

 

 

Catherine Tafur    Trapped

2017

archival ink (Sakura Pigma Micron Pen) on paper

9 by 6 in. (ca. 22,9 by 15,2 cm)

 

 

Catherine Tafur    Her

2017

archival ink (Sakura Pigma Micron Pen) on paper

12.5 by 9 in. (ca. 31,7 by 22,9 cm)

 

private collection Barcelona, Spain

 

 

Catherine Tafur    Donald Trump Has Always Been There

2017

archival ink (Sakura Pigma Micron Pen) on paper

15 by 15 in. (ca. 38,1 by 38,1 cm)

 

 

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

Catherine Tafur is a Peruvian born artist based in New York City. Tafur spent her childhood in Peru in a bicultural home with a Japanese mother and Peruvian father before relocating to the US. The content of her work is informed by the experience of her youth as a queer, multiracial immigrant in American suburbia. Her drawings and paintings explore themes of death, violence, vulnerability and loss of innocence. Her subjects are political and personal, feminist and confrontational. Since studying at the Cooper Union School of Art on a full scholarship, she has had numerous group and solo exhibitions.


 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Painting is my method of mourning. Unbridled feminist rage, anger towards the evils of capitalism and patriarchy, and the emotional fallout of shattered expectations and broken belief system are the fodder that drive the content and shape my aesthetics. The failures of our social and political systems have exposed humanity’s incomprehensible capacity for violence. Witnessing such endless destruction leads to despair. The monster of late capitalist hegemony seems insurmountable, and modes of resistance begin to feel like Sisyphean tasks. Art is a method to wrestle with this disillusionment, to grieve for our loss of innocence, and to release collective anger in a visual scream. Here is Painting as funerary object and conduit for rage.


 

PRESS QUOTES

“Ms. Tafur has skillfully translated the confusion of our voyeuristic era, and the sinister underpinnings of our current global theatre in a concise, albeit disturbing image that speaks to our time… one of the most emotionally intelligent and visually pleasing shows I’ve seen all year.”
– Ola Manana, Talking Grid, 2012

 

“Political art has the power to comment on global situations and often dig deeper into what lies at the core, reflecting an alternative to what the media feeds its audience. Such is the case with artist Catherine Tafur…”
– Steve V. Rodriguez, Progressive Pulse, 2012

 

“News junkies may be intrigued by Catherine Tafur’s interpretations of current events. She puts a surreal spin on events that felt, at the time, truly surreal. Her paintings also point out the archetypes that help us explain traumatic events to ourselves.”
– Art & Culture Gallery Notes, Hotel Americano, 2012

 

“Tafur’s riveting, contemporary works explode with instances of violence, death, and madness.”
– Alison Martin, Examiner, 2012

 

“Her images are strong and contemporary. They are a unique mix of avant-garde, horror and science fiction, with both North and South American iconography: Yankees on one hand, Incas on the other. It is a powerful, mythical presentation of a human, especially feminine struggle for normal existence as seen through the eyes of a very personal, deep experience, growing up within the horrifying urban alien matrix.”
– Uri Lehavi, Art Channel, 2011

 

“…her work makes us aware of the irreconcilable conflict between our extraordinary capacity to love and our terror that we may not be worth loving. What we come quickly to understand from this work is that what pulls at our hearts eventually tears open our flesh.”
– Eric Fischl, 2010

 

“Connecting with Tafur’s art is not what happens – the shock of the grotesque surreal repels, but then locks in for real. It’s the wicked humor and high technique that does it: the shark mermaid beribboned B&D high above Times Square, Pig Beast as a baby, Elephant Turtle whose ears are legs. Not your standard bestiary. Not your standard art. So gimme more!”
– Bob Holman, 2010

 

“…Catherine Tafur approaches her work with great earnestness, but this is not the only reason that we find such a fresh vitality in her art… We are reminded that for an artist, the act of making art is an act of introspection.”
– Noorelkys Blazekovic, Irreversible: An International Art Project Magazine, 2010

 

“These “changelings” bare their innocence, pain, sexual pervasiveness and mutations openly to the viewer. Both beautiful and disturbing, some recall mythical combinations of human-beast not made from divine sources but rather painful interventions.”
– Diane Bowen, Saatchi Online, 2009

 

 

 

 

Catherine Tafur

 

Born: Lima, Peru, 1976
Lives: New York City
Education: BFA, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, School of Art, 1998.

 

Selected Exhibitions:

2017 “Paper Positions,” beta pictoris gallery | Maus Contemporary, Berlin, Germany.

2017 “Drawing Now Paris | Le Salon Du Dessin Contemporain,” Maus Contemporary, Paris, France.

2015 “LGBT Artivism: LGBTQ Voices in the International Dialogue for Justice”, The WILD Project, New York City, curated by Heidi Russell and Carol Polcovar.

2015 “Manifest: Justice”, TaskForce, Los Angeles, CA. Curated by Yosi Sergant.

2014 “Turnstiles”, Porter Contemporary DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York.

2013 “ACTIVATE NY”, The Abrons Arts Center, New York City, curated by Kristian Nammack.

2013 “Starting small”, Porter Contemporary, New York City.

2013 “Drink To Me: Contemporary Artist Views of Picasso, 40 Years Later”, Porter Contemporary, New York City.

2012 “CORED: Paintings by Catherine Tafur”, Porter Contemporary, New York City. *

2012 “Body Beautiful”, Porter Contemporary, New York City.

2012 “Affordable Art Fair, artxwomen”, Porter Contemporary Booth, Los Angeles, CA.

2011 “Summer Print Show”, Aeon Art Projects, Niwot, CO.

2011 Irreversible: An International Art Project, MIA Art Fair, Miami Fl.

2010 “Factory II”, Irreversible Art Space, Miami FL, curated by Norelkys Blazekovic.

2010 Open Ground Gallery, Fountain Art Fair, New York City.

2010 “BYOA”, X Initiative, New York City.

2009 “Fantasy/Transformation”, BAG Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.

2009 “AGAST”, Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York.

2009 “The Ganesh Experiment”, BAG Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.

2009 “Catherine Tafur: Split”, Envoy Enterprises, New York City. *

2009 “Plus One”, BAG Gallery, Brooklyn New York.

2008 “El Nuevo Estilo”, Open Ground Gallery, Fountain Art Fair, Miami Beach, Florida.

2008 “Kindergarten”, The WCO Manhattan Open Center, New York City, curated by Aegi Changsuk Park.

2008 “Indifference and Apocrypha – Cryptic paintings that echo memories, dreams, and

childhood”, The F.U.E.L. Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, curated by Katerina Lydon-Warner.

2007 “Crooked Mirror”, Envoy Gallery, New York City.

2007 “Underbelly”, BAG Gallery, Brooklyn New York.

2007 “Plus One”, BAG Gallery, Brooklyn New York.

2007 “Body Parts”, Luna Lounge, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.

2007 “Open Ground Classic”, Bushwick Open Studios and Arts Festival, Brooklyn, New York.

2006 “Exhibition 19”, 14th Street Painters, New York City.

2006 “Fable”, The Naked Duck Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

2005 “Exhibition 18”, 14th Street Painters, New York City.

2005 “Secret Affinities: Encountering the Communion of the Other”, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, curated by James Pinney.

2005 “Brooklyn Kommt in den Wedding: Ein Brooklyn-Berlin-Austausch, Galerie scherer8”, Berlin, Germany, curated by Fridey Mickel.

2004 “Abundant Offerings”, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, curated by James Pinney.

2004 “Surfeit”, Zone: chelsea center for the arts, New York City, curated by Tim Dubitsky.

2004 “Psychological Archaeology”, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, curated by James Pinney.

2004 “Touched”, Open Ground Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

2004 “Open Season”, Open Ground Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

2003 “Catherine Tafur”, The National Museum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, New York City.*

* denotes solo exhibition

 

Selected press and publications:

“Catherine Tafur,” LIT: The Journal of The New School Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program No 26 Fall 2014: 49 – 55.

Ola Manana, Discussing CORED: An Exhibit of Paintings by Catherine Tafur, Talking Grid, 2012.

Steve V. Rodriguez, Political Artist Catherine Tafur gets to the core of global politics by painting vivd imagery that digs deeper into the surface, Progressive Pulse, 2012.

Art & Culture Gallery Notes, CORED: Paintings by Catherine Tafur, Hotel Americano, 2012.

Alison Martin, Dramatic, Politica Paintings Featured at Chelsea Gallery, Examiner, 2012.

Lehavi, Uri. The American Dream Becomes Monstrous. Art Channel, 2011.

Catherine Tafur: Falling in Love with the Wounded. Irreversible: An International Art Project Magazine, Winter 2010. Essays by Eric Fischl and Norelkys Blazekovic.

Catherine Tafur: Artwork, 2010. Writings by Eric Fischl, Bob Holman, and Catherine Tafur.

Bowen, Diane. Envoy Enterprises, Split; Catherine Tafur Solo Exhibition. Saatchi Online 4/9 2009.

Deliso, Meredith. Creativity is in the BAG; now go and check it all out. 24 Seven: Art SCENE 11/2/2007.

Art World Digest: The Seed Project, © 2007 Artworld Digest Magazine.