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Tory Fair

Vera Iliatova

Exhibition Dates: April 3rd - May 8th, 2010
Reception: April 3rd, 6-8pm

LaMontagne Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Boston-based sculptor Tory Fair. Fair casts her body to create hybrid figures that question a relationship between self and surround.  Flowers are a symbol of the imagination and create dense surfaces that attempt to define figure more as an aura than as an identity. In this exhibition, the gestures and actions of the hybrid figures are determined by an act of investigating the galleries boundaries. The figures peer into the walls and into the floor in an effort to investigate what lies beneath the surface.

LaMontagne Gallery is also pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Vera Iliatova in the project room. The heroines of Iliatova’s paintings are young women of similar age and stature, who act within an inscrutable narrative. They exist in a self-centered world where architecture and landscape serve as artificial backdrops for their various activities. Looking like they come from the same mold, the “girls” become an encyclopedia of expressions and gestures, from petty to overdramatic, and most of the time disconnected and of a mysterious origin.

Tory Fair was born in 1968 in Washington, DC, and lives and works in Boston. She received her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and her BA from Harvard University. This is Fair’s second solo show at LaMontagne Gallery. She has recently been included in exhibitions at Mills Gallery, Boston, Cushing-Martin Gallery at Stonehill College, Easton, MA and the Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY. Her work has been reviewed in The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, and Art New England. She is a professor of studio art at Brandeis University.

Vera Iliatova was born in 1975 in St. Petersburg, Russia, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA from Yale University and her BA from Brandeis University. She has recently been the subject of a single artist exhibition at Monya Rowe Gallery. Her work has also been exhibited in shows at Peter Fingerstein Gallery, Pace University, NY, Stephen D. Paine Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and Dust Gallery, Las Vegas. Her work is included in the most recent edition of New American Paintings and has recently been reviewed in Art in America and The New York Times. She is a professor of painting at Ursinus College, PA.

Founded in 2007, LaMontagne Gallery is a 2,300 square foot exhibition space located in South Boston on East Second Street. Russell LaMontagne was previously co-Founder of LFL Gallery in New York City.

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