October 14–November 6, 2016
New Paintings features a group of new small-scale paintings depicting foliage, potted plants, and flowers. Tarver employs an often exacting and rigorous approach to create achromatic and intensely labored scenes of plants. The artist captures a cursory image, either via a cell phone photo or quick sketch, of a plant then takes that imagery back to the studio. This act begins the painting process which can take anywhere between days to months. While the imagery depicted carries its own symbolism, Tarver uses her subjects primarily as a formal starting point which she views as having endless possibilities in painterly expression of shape, depth, color, and gesture.