Tavares Strachan: Sometimes Lies are Prettier
Department of Art Spring 2011 Lecture Series
Tavares Strachan eschews the aloofness adopted by other conceptual artists and instead creates installations that speak to our intellectual interests as well as emotional concerns such as feelings of loneliness, desire, and loss. His installations incite dialog on two very political and timely issues — on one hand, the power of natural phenomena and on the other hand, man's relationship to nature, that is, his antagonistic struggle against it, his efforts to collapse distance and space, and his myopic pursuit of progress at the planet's expense. Since 2006, Strachan has been working on a multiphase body of work that explores space and deep-sea training, Orthostatic Tolerance that refers to the physiological stress that cosmonauts and deep-sea explorers endure while exiting, and re-entering our home, the thin surface of planet Earth. Strachan has received numerous awards of recognition. Strachan received his bachelor of fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and his master of fine arts from Yale University.