PORTALS: Immersive Contemporary Art

New Work by Carla Ciuffo

January 19, 2019 - March 9, 2019

Opening Reception- February 2nd, 6-9pm
during FirstBank First Saturday Art Crawl & Second Reception- March 2nd, 6-9pm during FirstBank First Saturday Art Crawl

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present Portals, a continuation of Carla Ciuffo’s exploration of integrating two dimensional artwork with moving video art and augmented reality. An exploration of alternative modes of artwork, Portals moves beyond the physical space of the gallery. Two dimensional art will become a gateway to view hidden stories. Changing the perception of space, augmented reality will release motion and energy that invites a different way of thinking about the virtual world and what a modern gallery might be. A selection of Ciuffo's animated short films will play in the back gallery, The Human Kind, with music by Tim Langford, MUSE, a collaboration with poet Avijeet Rabindranath Das and A Magic Lantern, honoring one of the original mediums of moving art.

Carla’s work lies somewhere between illustrative narrative, photography, and collage. Imagery is stripped down to its most basic elements, light and texture. Forever analyzing the enigma of being human, she continuously constructs and deconstructs the boundaries of her photographic world.

There has been a natural progression for Carla to move from 2D art into 3D, Augmented Realty and experimental animated film. Her first animated non narrative short A Magic Lantern premiered at San Francisco’s Aggregate Space Gallery’s 2nd annual film festival in July 2018, winning Most Seductive Animation. Her second short animated film, The Human Kind is currently running at several national film festivals and most recently received Honorable Mention at IPA’s (International Photography Association) 2018 photo awards.

Carla has produced a number of installations including portraiture of iconic and contemporary artists that are now a part of the permanent art collection at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame. Other select installations include a profile of Girl With a Scar at Tennessee’s Custom’s House Museum and several large format public works at Nashville’s International Airport.

As a visiting artist at Harvard University Carla collaborated with the Disease and Biophysics Group, creating abstract artwork using a ground breaking nanofiber technology. The collaborative series is entitled Nano.Stasis Cosmic Garden.

A recipient of the Woman Art Award 2017, for the Women’s Essence Show, Espace Cominnes, Paris, France, Carla’s work can be found in collections and corporate installations throughout the United States and Europe.