Exhibition Dates: February 7TH – March 21st, 2020
Artist Reception: Friday, February 21st, 2020, 5-8pm
Tayloe Piggott Gallery is pleased to present Elements, a new series of large-scale photographs by artist Tuck Fauntleroy, on view from February 7th through March 21st, 2020. This new body of work showcases visually arresting, abstract compositions of seasonal change in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Focused on ice as it forms on local bodies of water during bitter cold autumn nights, Elements challenges our perception of these well-known environs in an original presentation that hovers between the recognizable and the sublime. An artist reception to celebrate this exhibition will be held on Friday, February 21st from 5-8pm. All are invited to attend.
Remaining true to his distinctive aesthetic, Fauntleroy’s new series visually displaces the viewer in a similar way to his previous Waterline series (released in 2018). Akin to Waterline, Fauntleroy’s Elements series highlights the artist’s careful play between negative and positive space, yet this time focuses on the captivating event of ice forming.
Three years in the making, Fauntleroy has spent his time chasing this capricious moment and the colossal beauty realized as water changes from a liquid to a solid-state as winter approaches in autumn. Fauntleroy’s fascination with how color is absorbed and reflected by water in its various states, lead him to pursue this new body of work. The result is astonishing. Depicting the raw color variations found in the natural palette of H2O, Elements amazes the viewer by revealing colors found in nature that one is rarely exposed to. Each image engulfs the viewer into a mysterious environment- one that seems familiar yet out of reach. Standing in front of these large photographs one becomes lost in a visual journey rendered almost painterly in one frame and conjuring minimalist constructivism or organic patterns viewed through a microscope in the next. Both art and architecture, science and nature, Fauntleroy’s work pauses the active molecules in water and allows us to reflect on the true shape, color, and form of water.
Tuck Fauntleroy grew up in a small waterfront town on the eastern shore of MD, where the Chesapeake Bay is an omnipresent force in everyday life. He graduated with a B.A. from Bucknell University in 2000 and moved west, bringing with him a deeply felt connection to water and local waterways. Combined with his personal photographic practice, Fauntleroy has developed a professional foundation as a photographer in the fields of architecture and interior design over the past 20 years. Published in recognized outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Dwell, Conde Nast Traveler, Powder Magazine, Backcountry, Mountain Living, Range, and Town & Country, Fauntleroy’s successful commercial and interior work is committed to utilizing the aesthetics of the natural world. Tuck Fauntleroy lives and works in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.