PRINT January 2006

Lisa Tan

TERMS OFTEN USED to describe interactions between lovers—tenderness, flirtatiousness, intimacy, longing, desire, even ecstasy—may also be aptly applied to the bonds between Lisa Tan and the subjects (and objects) of her artistic affections. Relationships are at the heart of this New York–based artist’s practice. Some of Tan’s works originate in encounters with other people, while others engage the artist’s emotional connection to an idea or experience; all are conceptual, and many are aesthetically spare, even minimal, but they possess considerable elegance and style nonetheless. They encompass simple gestures, documentation, charts, and appropriations that, despite their visual economy, somehow never look overly “designed,” thanks to the sincere, even romantic sensibilities they evince. At the same time, by combining an acute sense of respect and generosity with an analytical interest in

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