From DFA Press Release – This show features 12 paintings from 2005 – 2008, including six from Leah Tinari’s recent masquerade series. This is Leah’s first solo show at DFA since contributing works to the group show, Hit Me With Music at District Fine Arts in 2007 and again at DFA’s recreation of the exhibit at Bloomingdale’s, Chevy Chase in 2008.
The content and formal elements in Tinari’s paintings combine to offer an always personal, occasionally caricature-like narrative, addressing and encompassing both the awkwardness and the complexity of the human condition. Although the work is a documentation of her personal experiences, she hopes that the images will evoke familiar feelings or create a sense of voyeurism – as if the viewer is peeking into a still from someone else’s life that is utterly foreign to them. Her paintings are snippets of time that capture moments and function as a visual diary to create her social realism, a documentation of 30-something contemporary lifestyle and behavior.
Leah’s work is a celebration of life. She strives to make paintings of her life, the people and the world around her. Tinari wants to create a wonderful and vital dialog between people and art, and between art and life.
Masquerade Madness January 24, 2009 – March 28, 2009