Unnatural Selection

Tara de la Garza

 June 15th, 2017–July 9th, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 15th, 6pm-8pm

Tara de la Garza - Unnatural Selection - Lodge Gallery 

The Lodge Gallery proudly presents West Coast artist Tara de la Garza’s second solo show with the gallery, featuring large format multimedia works pieced together from various natural history images, creating a taxonomy of puzzling hybrid species.

The work sits in an uneasy juncture between biological diversity and unchecked genetic modification.

It is a depiction of a fantasy sci-fi world, sans humans, where nature evolves chaotically but wholeheartedly. In a time when history and data are blatantly falsified, when we learn not to trust what we see, these works tune us into the impossible harmony of form.

De la Garza’s work taps into the primal joy we experience when seeing harmony in nature and our natural curiosity when we encounter something that challenges our assumptions. When an octopus reminds us of intestines we make connections between all living things.

Tara de la Garza is an Irish/Australian multidisciplinary artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally with the The Lodge Gallery NYC, San Diego Art Institute, No Longer Empty, Chashama, Figment, MassMOCA, and Aggregate Space Gallery. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tara studied a BFA at Curtin University in Australia. Her last show at The Lodge Gallery also included an intervention so believable that gallerists were chasing people down the street. She promises to be better behaved this year. De la Garza is also the creative director of The Frank, a contemporary art pop-up in Silicon Valley, SF.