Nicolas Tarr, sculptor, photographer, video documentarian and scanographer is a proud college drop out from both Goddard College in Vt. and The New School of Social Research in NYC.
Born to renaissance type artist parents, his "training" in the arts came form working with his father, metal sculptor William Tarr in his various studio's in SoHo, Springs, Long Island and Harlem, NY. It was there that Tarr learned to arc weld, and use an oxy acetylene torch on the senior Tarr's various monumental welded steel commissions for the City of New York including the huge Martin Luther King Memorial @ 66 St. & Amsterdam Ave and the 40 Ft. tall, 13 ton sculpture for PS 36 on 125 St. in Harlem, among other noteworthy works.
A voracious drawer as a child, Tarr advanced to collage, filmmaking and video documentaries among his many creative interests. In the 1970's Tarr worked with video shaman Nam June Paik on various projects and gallery installations while assisting @ Anthology Film Archive's guest video artist program.
At that time Tarr began experimenting with Xerography along with video and penned his unpublished autobiography "19 in 76".
In the late 1970's he followed his parents to the East End of Long Island and began a video documentary on the sprawling and ghostly Smith Meal Co. at Napeague which at one time processed the local Menhaden fishing industries enormous harvest into feed for cattle. Around that time Tarr began researching the first public access television station when Sammons Communications installed the East Ends first cable channel which later became known as LTV.
In the early 1980's as a result of his documentary work on the "Fish Factory @ Napeague" Tarr was hired by naturalist and Springs resident Roger Caras, to assist him at ABC Network News in Manhattan producing news stories for 20/20, World News Tonight, Nightline etc. After 3 years of thinking globally Tarr quit to return to the East End to act locally and think creatively.
1n 1989 he first exhibited his first optically illusionary box sculpture which received much notice and began showing widely in galleries on the East End and NYC. He augmented his income working with his father on numerous exhibitions and large bronzes, most notable, "The Gates of The 6 Million" the first work commissioned for the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. where it now resides.
A 3 year photographic study of the historic Montauk Playhouse project documented it's long decay and rebirth in a photo exhibition "Dereliction & Redemption" at the Montauk Library. More recently Tarr has gotten much acclaim for his Scenographic photographs which are a fusion of his interests in collage, assemblage and Xerography.
Over the last year, Tarr has been working on revitalizing the Springs Invitational at historic Ashawagh Hall taking it from a largely East Hampton venue to a wider East End art show of 100 serious local artists and incorporate local performance art, poetry, film and music.
The Invitational opens on August 5th and continues through August 21.