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Allan Tarantino
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Greenpoint



ARTIST STATEMENT: Allan Tarantino was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1972. He received an MFA in Computer Art from The School of Visual Arts in NYC (SVA) in 2002. Tarantino describes his artistic practice as a meditation on emptiness. Emptiness in this case is not about nothingness, but rather the profound Buddhist teaching that all phenomena merely lack inherent existence. The undulating curves of Tarantino’s biomorphic forms are informed by natural phenomena such as the human form, gogottes (concretions), and plants. He views his artistic process as distilling essence into bare form. All of Tarantino’s work undergoes a finishing process, during which the material evolves from its raw state to a state of high refinement. To him, that process is a metaphor for one's life and its impermanent nature. One of his favorite materials to work in is limestone, which by its very nature epitomizes the idea of impermanence. It consists of the skeletal remains of marine organisms that were once alive and are now something different altogether. While working primarily in sculpture, Tarantino also works in sound, digital imaging, and ceramics.
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  • Tamago
    1992
    Red Cedar

  • Koibito
    1994
    Indiana limestone

  • Samsara
    1994
    Indiana limestone

  • Advaita
    2012-17
    Lacquer, Aqua-Resin, polystyrene foam

  • Trivisa
    2016-17
    Lacquer, Aqua-Resin, Polylactide (PLA)

  • Ana I
    2015-17
    Pyrophyllite

  • Ana II
    2015-17
    Black Chlorite

  • Shikantaza
    2015-17
    Pyrophyllite and Black Chlorite

  • Dobutsu
    2016-17
    Lacquer, Aqua-Resin, Polyethylene terephthalate (PETG)

  • Kinoko
    2016-17
    Lacquer, Aqua-Resin, Polylactide (PLA)

  • Koan
    2010
    Lacquer, Winterstone, aluminum mesh

  • Koan II
    2014
    Carrara Statuario Marble

  • Koan III
    2016-17
    Lacquer, Aqua-Resin, Polyethylene terephthalate (PETG)

  • Koan IV
    2012-17
    Lacquer, Winterstone, Polystyrene Foam

  • Sango I
    2016-17
    Lacquer, Aqua-Resin, Polylactide (PLA)

  • Sango II
    2016-17
    Lacquer, Aqua-Resin, Polylactide (PLA)

  • Satori
    2012-17
    Lacquer, Winterstone, Polystyrene Foam
 








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