Carrying Silence: Drawings by Tara Geer


This companion edition to Tara Geer’s first East Coast solo exhibition of drawings, Carrying Silence — held at our East Hampton gallery from August 3 through September 3, 2013 — is wonderfully augmented by new texts written specifically for the book by two celebrated writers: theater director André Gregory, and art critic and author Rachel Cohen.

For over a decade, drawing and its methodology have been both subject and object of Tara Geer’s artwork. She draws in pursuit of unmediated looking, to see the world and to question how we see it. She is interested in how drawing can mine the glossed over moments – the things we might not otherwise visually absorb. From observation, Tara explores life’s quiet details, the heft of an object, the spaces between close parts, the feel of a thing – externally informed but internally impelled.

In considering Geer’s work, Gregory — co-author and star of My Dinner with André — notes, “these mysterious meditations – elegant, disturbing, quite unlike anything else I have known. What are they? Where do they come from? Totally original, they are, for me, coded messages from the innermost, distant, topography of the psyche… her drawings, while inhabited by a ferocious knowledge of the way things are, are also amazingly calm. They have a dignified peace to them. They are the darkness and the light… her work reaches us from a place we don’t yet know, or can’t yet recognize.”

Cohen, author of the critically acclaimed A Chance Meeting and the forthcoming Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade, describes Geer’s process in intimate detail: “What she is drawing is not fruit in a bowl or a reclining nude but the folds in her backpack, the tar stains on the roof of her studio building, the lean of the city buses parked in the lot across from 133rd Street. Over and over until something about line, space, shade, resonance seems telling, and then that caught stroke over and over, inverted, stretched, combined with other elements, until it has its own rightness.”

250 copies, the entire edition:
200 in wrappers: $125
45 in cloth, numbered and signed by both authors and the artist: $450
5 in cloth, numbered and signed by both authors and the artist, accompanied by an original artwork in a specially designed slipcase: $3,500

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