New York

Jorge Tacla

Nohra Haime Gallery

Jorge Tacla, a young Chilean artist who began exhibiting in New York shortly after he moved here in 1981, is an allegorical painter. In eight of the ten large paintings included in his recent exhibition, Tacla depicted an isolated figure or torso in a spatially abstract ground. The recurring features and highly distinctive poses of the figures suggest the striking spiritual power of pre-Columbian art. By adapting these sources to his purposes, Tacla proposes a countertradtion to figurative painting, one that has certain affinities with Francis Bacon.

On the simplest levee, Tacla’s figures are metaphors for isolated and bewildered consciousness—its pondering of beginnings and endings, of incomprehensible moments and threatening events. However, the figures achieved their allegorical power by embodying a disquieting otherness that goes beyond their apparent state of eschatological isolation.

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