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A view of the giant drawing in the show. "Saltation". It's about a moment in time when several salties are trying to control three huge dogs that are leaping in the air. The Salties like to breed Whippets. And bigger is better in their minds.
In Brackish Ways I had a diorama set up. It was a glimpse into the Salty way of life. Racing remote control toy cars in a parking lot of the ruins of a strip mall. One of their giant Whippets hangs out in back. It's an evening scene.
A close up of the diorama.
Text from New Langton's web site:
For the Musée d'Honneur Miniscule, Langton's street level exhibition space, Tara Tucker has installed Brackish Ways, a gateway to the realm of the Salties, white animals that are whale-like with tiny hands and broken teeth. Like Haines's dancing dandy, the Salties seem to be in constant pursuit of over-the-top happiness, despite the looming threat of pesky, hungry-looking greyhounds. As alter egos, they have completely abandoned the human form, but retain some touching human characteristics and behaviors. Tucker's is an unnatural-history museum with dioramas of an extinct race, who found joy in the friendships at abandoned parking lots and tried to overthrow the enemies that became too powerful.
James Bewley, Program Director
View of giant drawing: "Saltation", graphite on paper and of "Fly", a Salty sculpture made out of Celuclay and mixed media.
"Crawl", a Salty sculpture made out of Celuclay and mixed media.
A view of Brackish Ways.
"The come hither whale", one of the very first Salty sculptures ever! Made of Celuclay and mixed media, plus a real antique kid's chair.
Another view of the show.
Link to show on New Langton's website