Still Life, Portrait, Landscape

Tara Kelton’s first exhibit in Spain

From 11/17/20 to 01/30/21

At Trafalgar 53

Can the canon of art history adapt to digitized globalization? What role does an artist have when the relationships between cultural production and consumption are blurred by an electronic network?

Subverting the tropes of Western art history with technology, Indian American artist, Tara Kelton asks those questions with grace and humor. 3D interpretations of Cezanne’s still lives, self portraits commissioned from Amazon workers, and plein-air landscapes drawn blindfolded with VR goggles, all come together to twist Art’s tired clichés with playful irony. Kelton also connects us to her home in Bangalore, the “Silicon Plateau” of India, where tech companies come to mine skilled and unskilled labor. Where do you fit in our global economy?

Still Life with a Curtain2016

The result of a two-stage process in which the artist paid online workers to describe a popular Cezanne painting. She then engaged 3D rendering studios in Bangalore to create digital simulations of the workers’ descriptions. Series of six. Digital prints on archival paper (images), UV prints on textured wallpaper (texts)

Guided Tours2014-2019

Human camera “handlers” discovered assisting Google Maps’ cameras as they documented popular tourist sites in India.

Guided Tour (Taj Mahal)

Video 1’34’’

Guided Tour (Gateway of India)

Video 44’’

Guided Tour (Mysore Palace)

Video 3’50’’

Islands2020

Series created using components from the digital libraries of a Bangalore real estate company. Series of five. Digital prints on archival paper

Landscapes2020

Blind drawings created while the artist wore a VR headset and travelled through Sansar, a popular oasis for self-expression, exploration, and live events. Marker on vinyl

Autoportrait2012

Anonymous online workers were paid $.50 each to draw their own portrait in a custom software that combines their drawings in real-time. Video 7’48’’ Custom software application in browser

Leonardo2011

A portrait “drawing” machine at a shopping mall is made to create a self portrait, by placing a mirror inside the portrait booth. Video 53’’

Time Travel2010

A video camera at the front of a train transmits images to a computer at the back of the train in order to travel through time. Video 10’53’’

The River by DisneyHuntress2019

Kelton appropriates content from the Sansar platform to reference the tradition of plen air painting and generate tension between the real and the virtual. Video 4’8’’

Frame with Picture (Apple, iOS 9.1)2018

Emojis that describe "art" in texting communication. Different icons that have appeared on smartphones since 2015. Digital print on archival canvas