Magazine article Artforum International

Jorge Tacla

Magazine article Artforum International

Jorge Tacla

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NOHRA HAIME GALLERY

Jorge Tacla harmoniously arranges apparently unrelated sensibilities on the canvas, traveling through time to select seemingly disparate pictorial elements His more orderly scribblings possess the magisterial look of Egyptian hieroglyphics, his earthy jute canvases that of water-damaged papyrus scrolls o crumbling sandstone, and his palette--black, brown, and white--is that of the Old Masters. Yet the odd geometric forms and atmospheric ambience of Tacla's work suggest some cybertech underworld, an interplanetary wasteland where asteroids and space invaders battle to the death.

In contrast to his previous work, in these paintings Tacla relies much less on three-dimensional representation: landscapes, when they occur, look as if they were selected merely for the patterning they describe. Nor does his work continue to portray paintings within paintings, or switch perspectives. In fact aside from a few passages that suggest the mountains and stones of an arid desert landscape (and one very beautiful fragmentary sketch of a baroque church facade viewed from below), he seems to have left off painting recognizable objects or scenes altogether, in favor of what might best be described as "doodles. …

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