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Michael Tarbi
updated: 04/18/2013
website: www.michaeltarbi.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Twisted Wrought Iron Doormat
Liquid Doormat
Black Hole with Teeth
Red and Green Doormat
Yellow and Purple Doormat
Hair Covered Doormat
Spotted Doormat
Caucasian Doormat
Patterned Doormat
Blue Coded Doormat
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, abstract, geometric, meditative, repetition, psychological, information
 
 
Twisted Wrought Iron Doormat by Michael Tarbi
Twisted Wrought Iron Doormat
ballpoint pen on paper
2012
18.5" x  27.75" 
Liquid Doormat by Michael Tarbi
Liquid Doormat
blue lead, graphite and colored pencil
2011
6.5" x  4.5" 
Black Hole with Teeth by Michael Tarbi
Black Hole with Teeth
red and blue lead, graphite and colored pencil
2009
6.5" x  4.25" 
Red and Green Doormat by Michael Tarbi
Red and Green Doormat
watercolor and ballpoint pen
2010
6.5" x  4.5" 
Yellow and Purple Doormat by Michael Tarbi
Yellow and Purple Doormat
watercolor and ink
2011
6.5" x  4.5" 
Hair Covered Doormat by Michael Tarbi
Hair Covered Doormat
ballpoint pen
2011
6.5" x  4.5" 
Spotted Doormat by Michael Tarbi
Spotted Doormat
ink marker
2011
6.5" x  4.5" 
Caucasian Doormat by Michael Tarbi
Caucasian Doormat
watercolor
2011
6.5" x  4.5" 
Patterned Doormat by Michael Tarbi
Patterned Doormat
graphite and gesso
2011
6.5" x  4.5" 
Blue Coded Doormat by Michael Tarbi
Blue Coded Doormat
ballpoint pen
2011
6.5" x  4.5" 

Artist Statement

My most recent series involves a large number of drawings and paintings of doormats.  For me, they represent both the artist and the work that the artist creates.  The purpose of a doormat is to collect the dirt and debris from the outside world, which is exactly what the artist does on a daily basis.  A piece of art is a manifestation of what's been collected in the artist's mind.  The reason for making the piece is to purge the overwhelming amount of information back into the outside world.

The doormats also blur the line that separates representation and abstraction.  They are common items found in daily life but they appear to be abstract.  There is an ironic humor to them.  They represent the artist who is often undervalued and unappreciated in our contemporary culture.

Artist Bio / CV

Selected Exhibitions
+ 2011, Astor Center, New York, (Now Showing) + 2011, MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, (An Exchange with Sol Lewitt) + 2010, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, New York (group exhibition) + 2009, Pierogi – Boiler, Brooklyn, (Gravity Racers) + 2009, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, (Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture) + 2008, James Cohan Gallery, New York, (NURTUREart Benefit Exhibition) + 2006, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, (Solo Exhibition – The Human Condition) + 2006, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, (Associated Artists Exhibition) + 2005, The Jewish Museum of Greater Pittsburgh (two person exhibition – Cellular Structures) + 2004, The Annex - White Box, New York, (The Wild Bunch 2) + 2004, Arcadia University Gallery, Glenside, Pennsylvania, (Works on Paper Biannual) + 2003, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, (The Next Generation of Pittsburgh Artists) + 2002, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, (Video Station) + 2002, 2001, 1999, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, (Annual Exhibition) + 1998, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (American Visions)
Awards
+ New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, 2011 + The Irene Palenski Sailor Award, 2006 + The Henry J. Schiedt Travel Scholarship, 2002 + The Women’s Board Prize of Philadelphia, 2002 + The Angelo Pinto Award for Experimental Work, 2001 + The Figure Painting Prize, 2001 + The Rambourger Prize in Drawing, 1999 + The American Visions Award, 1998
Selected Publications
+ Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture, Front Forty Press (2008) + Time Out - Chicago, Issue 98 (January - 2007) + New American Paintings, Volume 57 (April - 2005)
Education                                                                                      + 2002, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Certificate of the Fine Arts