Opening Spring 2022
New York-based conceptual artist Tavares Strachan (b. 1979, Nassau, Bahamas) explores aspects of science, art, and the environment to create works that are ambitious in scale and scope. Many of his projects investigate the nature of invisibility, calling into question the conditions that frame and legitimize certain cultural knowledge and histories while obscuring and erasing others. He aims to build and connect communities through his work by making networks of power more visible, prompting viewers to reconsider their social roles at the local and global levels.
One of his most recent works, The Encyclopedia of Invisibility, is a 2,400-page encyclopedia featuring information on invisible persons, places, groups, and things the artist has collected over a decade. It includes, among other figures, Rosalind Franklin, the historically overlooked scientist who laid the groundwork for Francis Crick and James Watson’s discovery of DNA’s double-helix structure; and Matthew Henson, the African-American explorer only sometimes acknowledged as the co-discoverer of the North Pole with Robert Edwin Peary in 1909. Removed by distance from direct access to the masterpieces of Western art as a child, Strachan gained much of his knowledge of the outside world, including art, through several highly edited, now anachronistic printed encyclopedias—such as the World Book Encyclopedia and the Encyclopedia Britannica. His exhibition at PAMM will present new works centered on this same thematic, dramatizing the fragility and highlighting the invisibility within histories. By exposing the invisible against the visible, the unseen against the seen, Strachan’s exploration re-defines the territory of the known.
Tavares Strachan (b. 1979 Nassau, The Bahamas) lives and works in New York. Strachan received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence and a M.F.A. in 2006 from Yale University, New Haven.
Strachan’s ambitious and open-ended practice examines the intersection of art, science, and the environment, and has included collaborations with numerous organizations and institutions across the disciplines. He recently completed the first Allen Institute artist-in-residence program in 2018. He was awarded the 2014 LACMA Art + Technology Lab Artist Grant and has been working on a project with SpaceX that will take place in the near future.
His work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions including You Belong Here, Prospect 3. Biennial, New Orleans; The Immeasurable Daydream, Biennale de Lyon, Lyon; Polar Eclipse, The Bahamas National Pavilion 55th Venice Biennale, Venice; Seen/Unseen, Undisclosed Exhibition, New York; Orthostatic Tolerance: It Might Not Be Such a Bad Idea if I Never Went Home Again, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; Orthostatic Tolerance: Launching into an Infinite Distance, Grand Arts, Kansas City; and You Can Do Whatever You Like (Orthostatic Tolerance Project), Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; among others.
Strachan was recently appointed to the MIT List Visual Arts Center advisory committee as well as the RISD board. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including the 2018 Frontier Art Prize, 2014 LACMA Art + Technology Lab Artist Grant; 2008 Tiffany Foundation Grant; 2007 Grand Arts Residency Fellowship; 2006 Alice B. Kimball Fellowship.
Tavares Strachan: The Longest Day of the Year is organized by PAMM Assistant Curator Jennifer Inacio in the Rose Ellen Meyerhoff Greene and Gerald Greene Gallery.