^ There are places that are part of what we call Home. I explore ways to discover that Place, a memory of a place that could be both standing in our world and yet have never quite existed ^
Tara Cronin is a New York City-based an artist working in various mediums focusing on alternative photographic methods, works on paper, installation and book-arts. She has pursued an art career that has both helped her solve problems in her own internal space as well as in the space she finds herself situated externally. Tara received a BA in Writing from New School University, and an MFA in Photography from Bard College and the ICP-Bard Program, and has Twice-earned the ICP Director’s Fellowship Award.
During her graduate and post-graduate work, Tara explored this interface between the material and the individual by making photographically-based work involving images or prints combined with materials such as reconstituted hemoglobin and chlorophyllin as well as with dust and with liquid metals. She holds various co-patents with partner and scientist Ed Chen including one on a unique polymer made from those materials used in her artwork, which after scientific research demonstrated itself to be the first synthetic membrane able to remove CO2 directly from air and convert it into useful liquids. This resulted in a solo show in the Museo de la Ciudad in Querétaro, Mexico in 2012, and later an invitation to be a guest-speaker and exhibition participant at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington DC. Having exhibited throughout New York City, North America and Internationally, Tara's most recent exhibitions include a group exhibition both with the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece and with the SciArt Center in New York, NY.
Through working with the methods she does, Tara also works entrepreneurially and hopes to promote the idea of Science and Art as being symbiotic. Tara has worked on multiple startups with partner and scientist Ed Chen attempting to transform traditional skepticism of climate change through their technologies, while also promoting the relevance of Art and Science. Tara and Ed also have a tea business they started in 2003 and recently embarked on piloting their agricultural technology on a coffee farm this past Summer 2015. Last Fall 2014 Tara released the books of three artists co-published with Schilt Publishing and with Magical Thinking Publications, an arts-publication and education organization she co-founded with business partner and artist Joshua Lutz. Tara also hosted her co-founded project of the "Fred Talks - Ted Talks with Friends" for a number of years; a monthly lecture series amongst neighbors and peers that includes discussions on the arts, sciences, and any topic in between.
Tara is nomadic, working primarily between New York City, New Jersey, and Hawaii in the United States.
There are places we know that are part of what we call Home. Sometimes these place are a When, sometimes a memory. We all have visited these Places; they surround our daily lives, daily environments & psyches. If I walked through such a place that is here and yet nowhere, I would find that, in the end, it is a Place that has been with me the entire time, and one that I will also never truly find::
"SANGRE DE ARBOL, SANGRE DE MI," Solo Exhibition Curated by Azucena Germain2010
“F l i g h t: From, To, and Within,” Solo Thesis Exhibition.
"THE ART OF SCIENCE POLICY," Guest Speaker with Ed Chen for the 40th Anniversary of the S&T Policy Fellowship Program; Event in conjunction with Group Exhibition2011
Gallery Talk in conjunction with "EMERGING LANDSCAPE" Exhibition2010
"THE NEW UNCONSCIOUS," Curated by Danielle Kalamaras2014
"NY ART BOOK FAIR”2013
“I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR: NAVIGATING INTERACTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE,” Curated by the Scrapped Team
"THE ART OF SCIENCE POLICY,” Curated by Olga Francois
Work Included in Annual Fundraiser Exhibition, Auction, and Gala
"NY ART BOOK FAIR”2012
Work Included in Exhibition/Silent Auction
"NY ART BOOK FAIR”
"A VALUATION,” 7-Person Exhibition Curated by Alexander Clark & Friends
Work Included with Pictura Gallery
“CCNY ZINE AND SELF-PUBLISHED PHOTO BOOK FAIR”2011
Annual Fundraiser Exhibition, Auction, and Gala
“SIGNATURE TUNES," 3-Person Exhibition Curated Liz Kwon
“NATURE WITHIN,” Group Exhibition Curated by Minny Lee
3-Person Open Studio
“EMERGING LANDSCAPE,” Curated by Anna di Stasi
2-Person Exhibition Curated by Mia Dalglish
“LOVE IS A RIVER,” Curated by Marla Leigh Caplan
Work Included with Pictura Gallery
"NY ART BOOK FAIR”2010
"NY ART BOOK FAIR”
“NATURE WITHIN,” Curated by Minny Lee
“EXQUISITE LANDSCAPE,” Curated by Marla Leigh Caplan
“COLLECTIVE SHOWING I” Curated Film/Video Festival
“BLOOMSDAY,” Curated by Lori Grinker
MFA Group Thesis Exhibition Curated by Joshua Lutz
Open Studios Year 22009
Open Studios Year 12008
“REFLECT,” 1-Year Program Final Group Exhibition Curated by Robert Blake2007
A study in exercising a reminder that an intuitive knowledge we often forget to listen to, a language – the language of Myth – is interwoven throughout the fabric of our experience and is the spiritual glue that lets us solve our life-problems and have a lifePath. The word “spiritual” here is not used in a grandiose nor inaccessible way — this language can manifest in a childhood rhyme as much as an ancient tale. It is simply a means by which we understand our world and our path through it over the years of our lifetime.
..It’s a foundation on which to build an understanding and appreciation of the one world we have, our ‘Pale Blue Dot’ – and everything within it. I love this seemingly stark contrast between the world of the anatomical, and that of the emotional/spiritual/psychological - the world of our daily experience. We all seem to have an unspoken agreement to almost ignore this duality, because to bring it to the forefront might be to shatter our reality.
..It is something innate in every human’s artillery — conscious or not — of tools needed to get by day by day, year by year, to wade through this Thing called Life. Each image extracts and borrows from long-existing tales and characters and creatures from cultural histories around the globe; I then layer over those ‘remnants’ what I have found within the histories that remain still recorded amongst us, a layer of this Language I refer to. Within it I use the ink that binds all life together — an appreciative and rather fascinated act.
Archival Pigment Prints on Rice Paper, Cyanotype Prints on Gampi Paper, Gauze, Medical Tape, Cranes made from Medical Warning Labels, Medical Bottles & Caps. Soundtrack from Nobuo Uematsu.
:: A collector of anatomical and entomological specimens, I find something transformational in these remnants. I am..
It’s really a sort of temporary tragedy. People in the cities being so estranged from nature. But I find it hard to believe that that is becausE of the..
..The doctor stated, 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.' Suffrage was passed 3 years later.
:: Home is not where you are, it is who you're with ::
~ ' Time dissipates to shining ether the solid angularity of facts ' ~
From the exquisite corpse to miraculous cellular-level regenerative healing to a simple love and appreciation of our one Life, our world, our Humanity; ..
cronin . tara @ gmail . com