Karen Tauches

. . .RECONSTRUCTIONS
January 10 – February 19, 2018,
Forward Arts Foundation Gallery, ATL

The American suburbs of the 20th century are notoriously stylized: bright, safe and brand-new. The homes and the tightly symmetrical shrubbery idealize ordered gardens, comfort and spaciousness. This environment is mythologized as the ultimate, affordable eden, where the wilderness of both the country and the city centers are managed at a controllable distance.

However, the new century brings an alternative perspective on the suburbs, as they grow more complex and shift back out of human control. Unsustainable and overbuilt, we witness the suburbs as they become havens for immigrants, agriculture, small business, bohemians and underground activity. Will the spirit of its original utopia still remain (albeit transmogrified), as that pastoral, yet urban American space?

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. . .AFTER THE SUBURBS
January 21 - March 26, 2011, Kiang Gallery, ATL

The American suburbs of the 20th century are notoriously branded: bright, safe and brand-new. The homes and the tightly symmetrical shrubbery idealize ordered gardens, comfort and spaciousness. This environment is mythologized as the ultimate, affordable eden, where the wilderness of both the country and the city centers are managed at a controllable distance.

However, the new century brings an alternative perspective on the suburbs, as they grow more complex and shift back out of human control. Unsustainable and overbuilt, we witness the suburbs as they become havens for immigrants, agriculture, small business, bohemians and underground activity. Will the spirit of its original utopia still remain (albeit transmogrified), as that pastoral, yet urban American space?

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SMALL PIECES, LOOSELY JOINED
June 17 - July 30, 2011, Kiang Gallery,  ATL

The title of this group exhibition refers to David Weinberger's unified theory of the web. Internet culture has undoubtedly affected how we gather and connect nuggets of information. No longer are we bound to particular chronologies.  Artists have been known to use loosely associated images and information to gesture abstractly toward a concept. This exhibition illustrates the fluidity of connections both in the content of individual works and in the style in which it is presented.  Weinberger states that "by removing the central control points, the Web enabled a self-organizing, self-stimulated growth of contents and links on a scale the world has literally never before experienced." He continues that, "The Web has blown documents apart. It treats tightly bound volumes like a collection of ideas. . . The reader can consult in the order she or he wants, regardless of the author's intentions."

Small Pieces, Loosely Joined has noted that tightly-bound articles are now ripped into pieces and thrown into the air.  As we continue to practice information gathering that is less linear, we learn to accept and digest content in loosely associative clusters and interchangeable, floating fragments.

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