Monday, May 27, 2013

FACE OFF Artist Spotlight: Rob Tarbell

Rob Tarbell, currently based in Virginia (soon to be Florida), is one of the 10 featured artists in the Skull Appreciation Day 2013 FACE OFF exhibition co-curated by Skull-A-Day and Street Anatomy.


Skullversation detail

While working in a variety of media, Rob is probably most well know for creating art by capturing smoke on paper. The result is "a beauty that is transcendently eerie in nature." He explains, “During the process, credit cards, grocery cards, gift cards, photos, and 35mm slides of my artwork are burned to remove their growing presence in daily life, an ironic nod to a self-help technique of burning sentimental things to remove their emotional burden.

 Created by Rob using my free skull stencil.

Part of the Smoke Rings series which features Skull-A-Day founder Noah Scalin as a model for the ringmaster.

Over the past ten years, Rob Tarbell has shown in seventeen solo exhibitions and more than fifty group exhibitions throughout the United States, Korea, China, and England. 

Currently Rob’s smoke work is represented by Krause Gallery (New York), Decorazon Gallery (London), Galerie MX (Montreal), Les Yeux du Monde (Charlottesville, VA) and his work can also be seen at Dolby Chadwick Gallery (San Francisco).
To see some of Rob's amazing artwork in person, visit the FACE OFF: Skull-A-Day VS Street Anatomy show at the International Museum of Surgical Science May 31 till August 25, 2013.

May 31 – August 25, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, May 31  5–9 PM
1524 N. Lake Shore Drive  Chicago, IL

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