New York

Jorge Tacla

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 or 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

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