Tavares Strachan

AF Projects, Los Angeles

Sometimes Lies Are Prettier, 2017/2020

Tavares Strachen, Sometimes Lies Are Prettier, 2017/2020, Blue neon, transformers, 95 x 20 in. Courtesy of the artist

Genre defying, and decidedly invested in breaking down the boundaries imposed by Western epistemological categorization, Tavares Strachan (b. 1979 in Nassau; lives in New York) has done everything from launching a sculpture into space to constructing his own encyclopedia. Strachan has used the illuminated presence of neon to place succinct but loaded texts to address the specificity of their sites.

During the 57th Carnegie International, for example, Strachan placed the names of historically overlooked figures onto the façade of the museum in between those etched onto the surface at the bequest of Andrew Carnegie.

For Frieze Los Angeles, Strachan has created a neon sculpture that reads Sometimes Lies Are Prettier, summoning Hollywood’s power to drive fantasy but also the dark drives that have become political reality in the age of so-called post-truth.