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Biography

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Tara de la Garza studied a BA in Fine Art at Curtin University in Western Australia and is currently in a resident studio program at Cubberley in Palo Alto, CA.

De la Garza’s work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library, NYC. She has had two solo exhibitions at The Lodge Gallery in NYC. She has also exhibited extensively throughout the US in museums and galleries such as Mass MOCA, Chicago Art Institute, Cornell University, San Diego Art Institute, Palo Alto Arts Center, Palace of Fine Arts SF, SF Design Week, numerous Spring/Break art fairs and at Context Miami. 

 

Environmental justice and stewardship of the planet are central to Tara de la Garza’s art practice. She reveals the stories embedded in our collective consumption, specifically of single use plastic. She delves into the archaeology of contemporary waste materials. 

 

Her minimalist forms contain a maximalist aesthetic of excess. Textures fashioned from the detritus of our community and molding into concrete cylinders and lights. Influenced by minimalist and constructivist artists such as Dan Flavin, Eva Hesse, Vladmir Tatlin, and contemporary artists Rachel Whiteread and Eva Rothschild, de la Garza’s ‘Monumental’ projects continue a practice of reusing materials and referencing modernist forms.

 

De la Garza has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant through Chashama NYC. She completed  a residency at Terracycle in the summer of 2023, followed by a solo spotlight at Spring/Break NYC.

Exhibitions

2024 Group Show "Synthetic Nature', Upstart Modern, Sausalito, CA

2024 Group Show ‘Illuminating Perspectives’, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, CA

2023 Solo Artist Spotlight, Spring/Break, NYC

2023 Solo Show Terracycle Residency, Trenton NJ

2023 Group Show ‘Earth’ Palo Alto Arts Center CA

2023 Group Show ‘Pyramid Scheme’ Bass and Reiner, SF

2023 2 person show ‘Naked Lunch’, Spring/Break LA

2022 Group Show, Silicon Valley Sculpture Fair, Bay Area, SF

2022 Art Market SF, bG Gallery, Art Fair

2022 3 person show ‘At Stake’, Spring/Break LA

2022 Solo showcase ‘Focus on Form’ as part of Intersect Palm Springs

2021  Context Art Miami, bG Gallery, Miami

2021  Group Show, Weave, Bundle, Cut and Layer, Root Division, SF

2021  Public Art Commission ‘Social Distancing Stools’ Rinconada Park, Palo Alto CA

2021  Solo Show, “Sequestered’ Universally Unknown, LA online thru Topia

2021  Group Show, ‘Dream State’ Museum of Northern California (MONCA)

2020 Group Show, ‘Art in the Time of Corona’ NUMU, Los Gatos

2020 Group Show, ‘Art/World Australia’, bG Gallery, LA

2020 Group Show ‘Silicon Valley Sculpture’ Menlo College, CANN

2020 Solo Show ‘Monuments to the Plastocene IV’ Art Kiosk RWC, CA

2020 Group Show, Doom and Bloom, West Windsor Arts Center, NJ

2019  Group Show, Palace of Fine Arts, SF, Message in a Bottle, Surfrider Foundation

2019  San Francisco Design Week, Design Hub installation, SF

2019  Group Show ‘Spring Haiku’, Flatfile Gallery, NYC

2018  Group Show, Paper Cuts: Large Scale Collage, Palo Alto Arts Center, CA

2017  ‘Yellow Chair Extravaganza’, DAVID&SCHWEITZER Contemporary NY

2017  Solo Show at The Lodge Gallery, NYC ‘Unnatural Selection’

2017  San Diego Art Institute ‘Diverge/Convene’ Group show + workshop

2016 Solo projection ‘(; wink)’ The Great Wall of Oakland, Oakland SF

2016 Group Show ‘Nothing is Here; Dada is its Name’, Redwood City SF

2015 Group Show ‘New Paintings’, Aggregate Space Gallery

2014 Solo Show at The Lodge Gallery, NYC ‘Embracing Failure’

2013 2 Person show ‘Cinderscape’, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland SF

2012 Group Show, ‘Dia de los Muertos’, Arts Council of Princeton, NJ

2012 2 Person Show with Amanda Browder, ‘What Could You Do Here?’ Chashama, NYC

2011  Group Show ‘Town & Country’ 320 Studios, NYC 

2011  Group Show ‘ArtJam’, Homefront ArtSpace, Princeton NJ

2011  MASS MOCA ‘An Exchange with Sol LeWitt’ North Adams, Massachusetts

2011  Group Show ‘Art for Soul’ A Gallery, NYC

2011  Book Launch’RIPE:conception and perception’ Allegra LaViola Gallery NYC

2010 Fremantle Arts Festival ‘Drawn Together’ Moores Building of Contemporary Art, Australia

2010 2 Person show ‘RIPE:conception and perception’ Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ

2010 Group Show ‘Exquisite Salvage’ incomplete. 210 Clinton St,NYC- 2ONETWO

2010 Group Show ‘the possibility of a painting, Gallery Suite, Chelsea Hotel NYC

2009 Solo Show ‘By the Light’ 223 East Broadway, NYC

2009 Group Show ‘No Longer Empty’ storefronts at Chelsea Hotel, NYC

2009 Group Show ‘Figment’ Governor’s Island NYC

2009 Group Show ‘World Of Imagination Vol.2’, APW Gallery, NYC

2008 Group Show, Umbrella Arts, NYC

2008 Solo Installation ‘The Clubhouse’ Agni Gallery residency, NYC

2008 Group Show ‘Movement, Color and Light, Reflect Arts, NYC

2008 Group Show ‘Dada Art Fair’ Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2007 Group Show ‘Mail/Art Global Collaborative Massive” ABC No Rio, NYC

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