Mateo Tannatt Riffs on RGB and Farm Animals at Miami’s Gallery Diet
The highlight of the exhibition is a new nearly-ten-minute-long video, titled Studio Agony (Revisited), made in 2015. The short movie was shot in a mostly empty, half-constructed space, presumably a very large studio building in the process of being partitioned into smaller spaces. Farm animals wander through the space, interacting with it and experiencing it in an all-but-natural state. At points in the video, Tannatt is seen hovering over the animals, suspended from the floor as if floating. Viewers might recall
Tannatt’s sculptures, such as Untitled (Blue), 2015, formally resemble the work of minimalists such as
Two paintings, Barn Painting 10 and Barn Painting 7, both from 2015, continue the RGB motif, with
The intellectual intention of Tannatt’s work may be opaque to viewers, but the interrelation of the formal elements is enlightening, bringing together the contributions of earlier artists and knitting them together.
“Mateo Tannatt: HORSE” is on view at Gallery Diet, Miami, Mar 13–May 2, 2015.