Tara Fracalossi

Associate Professor, Director of The Teaching Gallery
BA University of Vermont // MFA University at Albany
TaraFracalossiStudio.com

Bio

Tara Fracalossi’s photographic installations, videos and multi-image works on panel explore the nature and meaning of photography, archives and language. Her work has been exhibited widely including solo and group exhibits in New York City, Philadelphia, Houston, London, Vienna, Slovakia and Belgium, as well as Woodstock, New Paltz, Kingston, Hudson and Albany. She has received two Photographer’s Fund Fellowships from the Center for Photography at Woodstock, a Fulbright travel grant from the U.S. Department of State, several grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Mona Ruth Brickman Memorial Artist of the Year Award from Albany Center Gallery.

Fracalossi has curated and organized exhibitions in galleries and museums for more than 20 years. As both a gallerist and professor of studio art, she received the Museumwise Award of Merit for Individual Achievement and a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Born in Jersey City, NJ, Fracalossi holds an MFA from the University at Albany, SUNY and a BA from the University of Vermont. She has served on committees and selection panels for several arts organizations including Albany International Airport, Goliath Visual Space, Brooklyn, Albany Center Gallery and Saratoga Arts. She lives in Kinderhook with her husband, artist Thomas Lail, their son, Coltrane, and Casey the dog.

Artist Statement

I am engaged in making an ongoing photographic Archive. I photograph, categorize and store a never-ending series of images according to subject matter. These images, like all images, exist as permanent records and points of information documenting fleeting instants, personal and collective histories. The images in the Archive have become surrogates for their now-past subjects. With category titles as mundane and universal as “airports,” “fields,” “roads,” and “water,” the archive establishes both a linguistic and pictorial scaffold that records the special, the everyday, and the nothing.

In multi-image works on panel and installations, images from the Archive are extracted, printed (often in multiples) and recombined. As a means of contemplating the structural nature of saving and preserving information, the organization of the images used for works varies and evolves – at times, images are sorted and titled according to subject matter or sometimes by alphabetical or color groups. Images are repeated or juxtaposed to exploit and consider the reproducibility and mutability of the photograph while de-stabilizing and questioning the value of the image itself. Through this process, the image, when pushed against other images, becomes less about the unique, privileged vision of the photographer and more about the (at times futile) process of capturing, and preserving an endless, timeless stream of information, histories and images.

Gallery

Corona Archive (postcards to myself June - August) by Tara Fracalossi

Corona Archive (postcards to myself June - August)

2020 - Ongoing
Postcards, wood
21"x94"x2"


Corona Archive (postcards to myself June - August) DETAIL by Tara Fracalossi

Corona Archive (postcards to myself June - August)

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Corona Archive (postcards to myself June - August) DETAIL by Tara Fracalossi

Corona Archive (postcards to myself June - August) DETAIL

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Archive (Palomar) by Tara Fracalossi

Archive (Palomar)

2019
Archival Inkjet prints on dibond
Each Image 8"x12"
Installation view Halfmoon Books, Tivoli, NY


Archive (Palomar) DETAIL by Tara Fracalossi

Archive (Palomar)

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Bouquet/Archive in collaboration with Thomas Lail by Tara Fracalossi

Bouquet/Archive in collaboration with Thomas Lail

2019
Enamel and silkscreen on paper, wildflowers, archival inkjet prints on sintra
Installation view, Portal, Governor's Island, NY


Bouquet/Archive in collaboration with Thomas Lail DETAIL by Tara Fracalossi

Bouquet/Archive in collaboration with Thomas Lail

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Bouquet/Archive in collaboration with Thomas Lail DETAIL by Tara Fracalossi

Bouquet/Archive in collaboration with Thomas Lail

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Corona Archive (two from ground- grass/road) by Tara Fracalossi

Corona Archive (two from ground- grass/road)

2020
Archival inkjet prints, graphite and paper on panel
12"x12"


Corona Archive (white – flag/flower) by Tara Fracalossi

Corona Archive (white – flag/flower)

2020
Archival inkjet prints, graphite and paper on panel
12"x12"