Stan Taft: Test/Roma

Continuous strip of small rectangular oil painitngs
Test/Roma in the John Hartell Gallery. William Staffeld / AAP
Two small circular oil painting
Test/Roma in the John Hartell Gallery. William Staffeld / AAP
Test/Roma in the John Hartell Gallery. William Staffeld / AAP Test/Roma in the John Hartell Gallery. William Staffeld / AAP

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Fragments of a continuing fictional narrative are at once familiar, banal, trivial, pleasant. An embrace, the movement of a couple dancing, the anticipation of a sensual closing of space between them. The same fragments unfold in an atmosphere of anxiety and fear. An attempted embrace, anticipated but unwelcome, an ineffective gesture of resistance.

Certain moments are inadvertently out of sequence, perhaps inaccurately recollected. He has forgotten that others are from movies he's seen, but are now his own story as he remembers it. As he tells it.

Stan Taft has taught at SUNY Purchase, the University of Iowa, and in the Cornell Department of Art since 1985. Solo exhibitions include those at the Josef Gallery in New York City and the Parnas Gallery in Los Angeles. A selection of group exhibitions include Figurative Realism: Narrative Painting at SUNY-Cortland, the Alex Rosenberg Gallery and Styria Gallery in New York City, the Davidson Gallery in Seattle, Convergence Gallery in San Francisco, the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Baltimore, and the American Center for Physics in Washington, DC. He received a B.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1967 and an M.F.A. from Fort Wright College in 1969.