A body of painting seeks to capture the energy and movement of sitters at rest. Through mark-making, color, and composition, he amplifies their personalities to encourage a connection with viewers. In addition to exploring his sitters’ psychology, Tambella’s paintings suggest a spiritual curiosity.
Tambella engages subjects from his community in the East Village, including workmates, neighbors, and friends, articulating his personal relationship with them as a painter. He combines elements of his expressionist landscape and still life processes to compose portraits that delve beyond likeness alone. His expressive use of paint enables him to create enigmatic spaces and settings to interact with his subjects. With gestural marks and lively abstracted forms, Tambella often imagines figures into ambiguous situations where they engage in energetic group activities. Tambella’s mysterious spaces invite the viewer to meaningfully question and embrace quotidian relationships between sitter and painter. These indeterminate settings position the viewer to participate in the work in the same manner that Tambella communes with his subjects.
About La Galleria
Founded in 1984, La MaMa's La Galleria is a nonprofit gallery committed to nurturing artistic experimentation. La Galleria serves its neighborhood as a venue that encourages an active dialogue between the visual arts, new media, performance, and curatorial and educational projects. Its goal is to offer programming that reaches beyond the expectations of traditional gallery and institutional exhibition-making, to a diverse and intergenerational audience.